Heavy police presence at Joondalup Courthouse for assault accused’s appearance

Mark Bhatti leaves court under questioning from the media. Picture: J Bianchini
Mark Bhatti leaves court under questioning from the media. Picture: J Bianchini

POLICE beefed up security this morning outside a Joondalup court for the appearance of a 29-year-old man charged by Gang Crime Squad detectives over last month’s attack on a member of the media after the jailing of kangaroo torturer Dylan Griffin.

Mark Bhatti, of Banksia Grove, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Jennifer Hawkins to assault and assault occasioning bodily harm of a journalist from the ABC, which today had its own security outside Joondalup Magistrates Court.

Police outside Joondalup Magistrates Court this morning. Picture: J Bianchini

Griffin’s father, Leslie Griffin, an outlaw motorcycle gang member from Victoria who was not required to appear, was charged with assault and damaging a TV camera by summons and has signed an endorsed guilty plea.

Leslie Griffin outside Joondalup Magistrates Court last month. Picture: Anton La Macchia

Dylan Griffin (22) was jailed for 11 months.

Magistrate Hawkins heard from police prosecution a day would be needed for the trial, with a variety of footage to be presented.

Mr Bhatti’s lawyer Damien Cripps said his client and one other person would be trial witnesses.

He was remanded on bail and did not answer questions from the media when he left court.