Home

Derby man Michael Boddington tackled by court security during appearance on sex attack charges

Headshot of Sarah Steger
Sarah StegerBroome Advertiser
Derby man Michael Casey Boddington (right) has been refused bail after a series of alleged indecent assaults on a bus to and from Morley in November. Unknown
Camera IconDerby man Michael Casey Boddington (right) has been refused bail after a series of alleged indecent assaults on a bus to and from Morley in November. Unknown Credit: Unknown/Supplied

A Derby man accused of sexually assaulting a woman he harassed on a Perth bus for more than 30 minutes before then exposing himself to a high school student has had to be tackled by three security officers in court after a violent outburst.

Michael Casey Boddington exploded in anger after he was refused bail on Wednesday morning, forcing the officers to take him down inside the dock of Perth Magistrates Court.

The 27-year-old lost his temper the moment he was told he would not be allowed to return to his home in Derby, or his uncle’s address in Hamilton Hill, bashing the glass that separated him from the rest of the courtroom and hurling verbal abuse.

He then lurched at and pushed one of three guards inside the small dock, prompting them to grab him by the arms and drag him out of the room.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.

READ NOW

Moments earlier, Mr Boddington seemed calm as he was read the disturbing allegations against him.

The court on Wednesday was told Mr Boddington boarded the 998 Transperth bus on Adelaide Street in Fremantle about 5.30pm on November 28.

Close to an hour later, a woman in her 20s boarded the bus at Liege Street in Innaloo. She sat at the front of the bus behind the driver, prompting Mr Boddington to leave his seat in the back row and sit opposite her.

Police allege he then tried to talk to the woman, which she ignored and started touching himself inappropriately.

He then exposed himself, made hand gestures at the woman, and continued to try and get her attention while touching his genitals.

The court was told this alleged behaviour carried on for more than 30 minutes — until the woman disembarked the bus at Morley bus station.

It will be alleged Mr Boddington then followed her off the bus, exposed himself, and indecently assaulted the woman.

“She immediately recoiled,” the court was told.

Mr Boddington is then alleged to have put his hand up the woman’s dress and grabbed her in an indecent manner.

“He (allegedly) tried to convince her to have sex with him but eventually gave up, swearing at her, and returned to the bus,” the prosecutor told the court.

Just after 7pm, the bus stopped in Bayswater, where a young girl wearing a school uniform boarded.

Police allege Mr Boddington exposed himself to her as well, after changing seats to sit across from her.

It will be further alleged he said words to the effect of “baby girl, I’ll make you go home feeling so good”, while touching himself inappropriately.

The indecent acts continued for up to 15 minutes, until the girl disembarked the bus.

Two days later, on November 30, an arrest warrant was issued for Mr Boddington after he failed to attend court in Derby for unrelated matters — and he was subsequently arrested by the sex assault squad and regional investigations unit at his uncle’s Hamilton Hill house on Tuesday.

He was charged with attempted sexual penetration without consent, two counts of unlawful and indecent assault, three counts of obscene acts in public and breaching bail.

It was also revealed Mr Boddington is facing an allegation he assaulted a prison officer while in custody for unrelated matters at Greenough Regional Prison on April 9.

The court was told Mr Boddington had come to Perth from his home in Derby two to three weeks ago, for “family events”.

In applying for bail, his lawyer said he desperately wished to return to Derby, “where he has that support network”.

But his application was refused, and he was remanded in custody until his next court date on December 21.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails