Perth: alleged money launderer’s bail to be heard next week

Detectives interviewing a suspect in Perth. Photo: Jon Bassett
Detectives interviewing a suspect in Perth. Photo: Jon Bassett

AN ALLEGED money launderer from Pakistan arrested with two others when about $500,000 was found in their car in central Perth will reappear in court next week.

The 33-year-old man will face Perth Magistrates Court next Thursday so police and his lawyer can argue for bail.

“The matter was listed for a bail hearing before my involvement, and I’d like it to be heard for next Thursday,” defence lawyer Nick Scerri said at the court yesterday.

The man, a woman (27) and another man (34), both from New South Wales, are charged with possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property.

It is alleged the cash was in the footwell of a blue Nissan Qashqai pulled over by police on Barrack Street about 1.30pm last Monday.

It will be alleged the trio had at least eight mobile telephones, had stayed in South Perth after arriving from Sydney, before the men drove the woman to make multiple deposits at banks around Perth totalling $85,000.

The man was dressed in jeans, a black t-shirt and grey jumper when he appeared in the court.

Magistrate Stephen Wilson agreed to the bail hearing’s new date, and remanded Mr Scerri’s client in custody to reappear on February 28.

The woman, in Australia on a student visa, and the second man, understood to be a WA resident, are remanded in custody to appear at the court on March 12.