A self-defence instructor accused of assaulting four women during training sessions has been granted bail after indicating he would fight the charges.
Andrew Hickey, 43, is accused of assaulting the women between 2013 and 2018 when he was teaching self-defence out of his Southern River home.
He appeared in Perth Magistrate’s Court today charged with 10 sex offences and four weapons charges relating to a starter pistol, throwing knives, a knuckle duster and a baton.
He said Mr Hickey stepped away from the business in December when he became aware of the allegations and was no longer hosting classes at his home.
Mr Hampson told the court the combat and martial arts teacher would enter a “firm plea of not guilty” to the charges.
Police prosecutors strongly opposed the bail application, saying they were concerned Mr Hickey would re-offend or interfere with witnesses and victims.
They said some of the victims were scared to come forward and make a report to police when the alleged assaults occurred.
Magistrate Greg Smith described the set of alleged facts as “a little bit unusual” before agreeing to release Mr Hickey on bail.
As part of his bail conditions, Mr Hickey is not allowed to hold, instruct or participate in any self-defence or martial arts classes at his home.
He is also banned from contacting the complainants and his former and current co-workers.
The court was told Mr Hickey had never breached bail before but had been jailed two times in the past for sexual offences.
Mr Hickey did not comment outside court. He will appear in court again next month.