Gasps as man denies Perth woman’s murder

Julie Anne Cooper was found in a bush grave.
Julie Anne Cooper was found in a bush grave.

THE family of a woman whose body was found in a bush grave on Perth’s outskirts have gasped and cried after a 32-year-old man accused of murdering her pleaded not guilty.

Julie Anne Cooper, 55, last spoke to relatives on August 17 last year, when she advised she would be out of contact for two weeks.

Her body was uncovered in Ashendon on September 13.

Mathew Mark Hemsley appeared in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court via video link from the maximum-security Casuarina Prison on Wednesday.

He will have his his first appearance in the Supreme Court, where he will stand trial, on October 21.