Nobel laureate faces Perth court over boom gate damage

Nobel Prize winner Professor Barry Marshall leaves the Perth Magistrates Court. Picture: The West Australian
Nobel Prize winner Professor Barry Marshall leaves the Perth Magistrates Court. Picture: The West Australian

A NOBEL laureate has faced a Perth court accused of twice damaging a boom gate near a medical research building that was named in his honour.

Barry Marshall was charged with two counts of criminal damage or destruction of property over the two separate incidents at a car park off Hospital Avenue, Nedlands, on April 18.

When the professor of medicine and microbiology appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday, his lawyer requested an adjournment, saying a report was yet to be completed.

Professor Marshall had his bail extended and will next face court on October 7.

He famously drank a petri dish containing the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria in order to prove the link between the organisms and stomach ulcers.

Prof Marshall and colleague Robin Warren won a Noble Prize for that research, which disproved the theory the painful condition was caused by stress.