Marmion naturopath accused of sexual assault facing new charge

Joondalup Magistrates Court.
Joondalup Magistrates Court.

ONE of the brothers accused of assaulting female patients while working at a naturopath clinic in Marmion is facing a new charge.

Former West Coast Natural Therapy Clinic co-owner Rodrigo Andres Bascunan Cabrera (40) appeared in Joondalup Magistrates Court this afternoon where it was revealed he is facing a fifth charge of sexual penetration without consent.

The Palmyra resident was in court to receive a police committal mention date for his previous charges of four counts of sexual penetration without consent and four counts of unlawful and indecent assault, allegedly committed between 2012 and 2017.

However, Mr Bascunan Cabrera’s lawyer said because of the “significant disclosure” and that the allegation was “of a similar nature” he was seeking an adjournment to bring all charges in line.

He also requested the bail conditions be varied to remove the condition that requires Mr Bascunan Cabrera to report to Fremantle police station twice a week.

But Magistrate Gregory Benn said he was reluctant because he did not set the original bail conditions.

He said Mr Bascunan Cabrera was facing “serious allegations” and would need a significant reason to remove the condition.

Instead, his lawyer requested the condition be altered to allow Mr Bascunan Cabrera to report to the Rottnest police station on two dates in February so he can go on a holiday with his family.

Mr Benn agreed before setting a new police committal mention date for January 24 at Perth Magistrates Court.

He said the other bail conditions remained, including being restricted to work on male patients only and keeping a detailed record for all clients.

Mr Bascunan Cabrera is also forbidden from contacting any prosecution witnesses or female patients other than via legal representation.

Mr Benn said bail would be renewed on the same terms for the new charge and his next appearance would also be on January 24.

Edgewater brother Mauricio Bascunan Cabrera (36), who first fronted court on 11 charges of unlawful and indecent assault and then again on another 28 counts of the same assault and two counts of sexual penetration without consent, will next appear in Perth Magistrates Court on December 11.