Joondalup: man who allegedly fired ‘gel blaster’ gun at pedestrians has bail tightened

A 'gel blaster' gun. Photo: x-forcetactical.com
A 'gel blaster' gun. Photo: x-forcetactical.com

A MAGISTRATE has described charges against a man who allegedly fired a ‘gel blaster’ gun at pedestrians in Craigie earlier this month as serious and tightened his bail conditions.

Magistrate Deen Potter remanded Luke Kevin Dempster (26), of Wanneroo, in Joondalup Magistrates Court today until October 26 and ordered he not contact his three alleged victims or go within 100m of where they lived.

Mr Potter set bail at $5000 and applied the protective conditions after questioning why there were no conditions on the original bail.

About 5pm on September 4, a man and his young son were getting out of their vehicle on Camberwarra Drive.

Police allege a vehicle slowed down and the front passenger fired several ‘gel’ projectiles from a firearm.

The man was struck by the projectiles in the chest and stomach area.

Police say the vehicle drove away without stopping.

A short time later, the same vehicle approached a man and woman walking their dog along Camberwarra Drive, and the gun was fired again.

One of the projectiles struck the woman’s shoulder while another struck the upper arm of the man.

Mr Dempster was charged with discharging a firearm to the danger of, or causing fear to, the public, common assault and common assault in circumstances of racial aggravation.

He was also charged with possessing cannabis.

Ben Malpuss (26), of Woodvale, later also appeared in Joondalup Magistrates Court charged in relation to the Craigie incidents on September 4.

He was granted $10,000 and remanded to reappear on November 5.

He has to report to Joondalup police station once a week and is not allowed to contact co-accused Luke Dempster.