South Mandurah man accused of indecently assaulting a child released from prison on bail

A SOUTH Mandurah man accused of indecently dealing with a child on two occasions was released from prison on bail on Friday, despite protests from the police prosecutor.

The man appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court on two counts of breaching bail and breaching protective bail conditions.

He also appeared on two counts of indecently dealing with a child under 13 years and unlawful assault in circumstances of aggravation; he was charged with the offences that were alleged to have occurred in 2014 in December 2015.

The court heard the man breached bail in January this year and again in May.

Counsel for the accused told the court the man could not afford to pay a $5000 personal bail undertaking.

She asked Magistrate Vivien Edwards to reduce the man’s bail to $500 and release him from Hakea Prison.

The police prosecutor told Magistrate Edwards she opposed bail because of the seriousness of the man’s offences and previous breaches.

Magistrate Edwards imposed strict protective bail conditions, which mean the man cannot approach the alleged victim.

The man was not required to enter a plea and will reappear on June 24.