Missing kayaker had faced court on historical child sex charges

Missing kayaker had faced court on historical child sex charges

AN experienced kayaker who went missing off Point Peron had been due to face court on historical child sex charges, it has emerged.

Stephen Angel went missing off Point Peron on April 3, with emergency services alerted when his personal located beacon was activated.

So far only his kayak, a kayak paddle and the beacon have been found.

Airwing and water police carried out an extensive search, while mounted police conducted sweeps of the beachfront where Mr Angel’s kayak was found.

But while the search has been suspended pending further information, it has emerged that Mr Angel had faced a Mandurah court on historical child sex charges.

He appeared in court in January charged with two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 13 and two charges of indecent dealing of a child under 13.

Mr Angel pleaded not guilty to all charges and was due again in court on April 30.

Speaking to media last week, his step-daughters Katie and Anna Marelic said the 59-year-old was extremely fit and healthy, and often kayaked around Shoalwater and Point Peron.

A spokesman for WA Police said on Friday: “The search for the missing 59-year-old man Stephen Angel has been suspended pending further information coming forward.

“The search covered an extensive area and utilised Police Airwing, Water Police, AMSA aircraft, Volunteer Marine Rescue vessels, Police Mounted Section,” he added.

“Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.”