Man faces string of charges

Image: File photo.
Image: File photo.

The man appeared in Joondalup Magistrates Court on September 6, after Clarkson Detectives charged him with another seven offences in relation to four incidents since mid-2012.

He was remanded in custody and is scheduled to reappear on October 9.

Senior Sergeant Gary Saunders said detectives first arrested the man on August 23 and charged him with two counts of indecently dealing with a child aged between 13 and 16-years-old for two incidents in a Butler supermarket on August 19 and 20.

‘We will allege that he has inappropriately and indecently touched the young female victim who was in an aisle by herself (on August 19),’ Sgt Saunders said.

‘After doing so, he left the area in a white van.

‘The next one was on August 20, also in the Coles supermarket in Butler, where he approached a 13-year-old female who was in an aisle by herself and he has (allegedly) inappropriately touched her before leaving.’

Sgt Saunders said detectives remanded him in custody and the man appeared in court on August 24, where a magistrate released him on bail.

Following media reports, detectives investigated new complaints made by people who contacted police.

‘As a result of further investigations into his behaviour, a search warrant was again executed at his house on September 5,’ the detective said.

‘Again the same man was apprehended and he has been charged with aggravated burglary and indecent dealing with a child over 13, under 16.’

Sgt Saunders said the charges related to an incident in July 2012 in Quinns Rocks.

‘We will allege the offender followed the victim in his white van after she got off the bus,’ he said.

‘He attended her house and identified that her parents were not home before gaining entry to the house and (allegedly) indecently dealing with the child.’

The detective said they would allege the man approached a 16-year-old girl at a Quinns Rocks supermarket last November and inappropriately touched her, so they had charged him with indecent assault.

He said again in relation to an alleged indecent assault in March at the Butler supermarket, they would allege he approached another 16-year-old girl who was alone in an aisle and touched her indecently.

On a sixth occasion, Sgt Saunders said the man was allegedly in a Butler supermarket aisle alone with a 14-year-old girl and indecently touched her.