Lawyer for man accused of Cottesloe beach bashing gets time to discuss bail

Lawyer for man accused of Cottesloe beach bashing gets time to discuss bail

THE lawyer for the man accused of bashing an Iranian grandmother (59) at Cottesloe Beach asked for a delay to talk to his client for the first time at Perth Magistrates Court this morning.

“He wouldn’t know me other than from a letter he got today, so I need to go out to Hakea Prison and see him on Monday,” Simon Freitag SC told Magistrate Tom Hall.

The Collie man (22) faces two charges of grievous bodily harm, robbery, aggravated robbery and receiving for the alleged bashing of the tourist, who was visiting her family in Cottesloe, about 5pm on October 16.

It is alleged she was hit and her handbag, cash and iPhone taken after she refused a request for cigarettes while sitting near beach steps close to the Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club.

Police also allege the man grabbed another woman from behind and stole her handbag at Warnbro train station several hours later.

Mr Freitag asked Mr Hall to postpone the case for two weeks, during which he could familiarise himself with it and also consult with the man about a possible bail application.

Mr Hall agreed, and included a stealing charge to the others to be reheard at the court on December 21.