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.
Most important points:
- Dean Osborne has been charged with three rapes after allegedly assaulting the jogger early Friday morning
- Police say DNA evidence and CCTV appear to link him to crime
- Mr Osborne was denied bail due to the gravity of the charges
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.
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.
Police also said when Mr Osborne was arrested late Saturday night, they believed he had shaved his facial hair so he could not be identified by the description officers released to the public on Friday.
The court also learned that Mr Osborne had two previous convictions, including indecent acts in a public place as a result of an incident in Perth in July 2019.
Despite his attorney offering a possible $20,000 bail and protective bail that would see him return to Perth by plane, Magistrate Maughan rejected his application and placed him in custody.
Broome detectives were in court to witness the decision. The investigation continues.