Danny Rattew accused of helping attack a 91yo man granted bail
The man accused of helping an eight-year-old boy attack a 91-year-old grandfather has been granted bail.
Danny Rattew appeared before Rockingham Magistrates Court via video link on Friday, October 7, faced with charges of disorderly behaviour in a police station, failing to comply with a request to give police personal details, obstructing officers and unlawful aggravated assault.
It was alleged that the 91-year-old had attended an event at the Cruising Yacht Club in Rockingham, before leaving just before 9pm.
While in the passenger seat of his friend’s car outside of the venue, the boy allegedly opened that door and repeatedly hit him in the face. Unable to close the car door to protect himself, police said Mr Rattew then approached the car and repeatedly punched the 91-year-old.
Prosecutors said the alleged assailants were strangers to the victim and there had not been any prior interaction between them before the alleged attack.
The 91-year-old was left with shocking injuries including fractures to his cheek and eye following the alleged attack.
Lawyer Abigail Rogers, who was seeking bail for Rattew, said that he would be able to comply with bail conditions should he be released from custody.
Ms Rogers said that on the night of the alleged incident, CCTV footage did not capture what happened in full.
“There was an incident with the eight-year-old and what appears to be a female staff member,” Ms Rogers said.
“(Rattew) had not been able to calm (the eight-year-old) down following the verbal exchange with the staff member.”
Rattew was granted home detention bail and $5000 personal bail undertaking.
He will be required to take part in counselling sessions, not to consume any drugs or alcohol, and will require electronic monitoring and to appear back before the court on October 31.
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