Perth man denied bail for alleged Broome jogger rape as police say he shaved beard to change appearance

A Perth man has been refused bail after it was revealed he shaved his beard to avoid identification after assaulting a jogger in Broome last week.

Dean Osborne, 52, appeared before the Broome Magistrate’s Court Monday, charged with three counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent, over the incident in north Broome on Friday morning.

Police allege that Mr Osborne, a contract electrician who works in the tourist town, walked in the opposite direction of a woman who was running around 5am.

The court heard that when he passed her, he allegedly pushed her into bushes and sexually assaulted her.

Two officers speak to residents outside a house in Broome
Several neighbors heard the woman screaming.(ABC Kimberley: Jessica Hayes)

Several members of the audience heard the screams and neighbors in surrounding houses, but despite efforts to apprehend the suspect, he left the scene on foot.

In determining bail, Magistrate Andrew Maughan asked the prosecution to determine the strength of the police case against Osborne.

Police said they found DNA on the victim in “multiple locations”, including Mr Osborne’s belongings at the scene.

They said his legs and arms appeared to be covered in scratches from the alleged victim, and he was caught on CCTV returning from the crime scene to his accommodation.

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