The trial of “fake cop” Chris Bergroth has been delayed while his lawyer seeks a downgrading of charges.
Mr Bergroth appeared in the Perth Magistrate’s court today to face 49 charges relating to his alleged entry of the East Perth Watch House in May.
His lawyer, Michael Clarke, requested the case be delayed four weeks as negotiations between him and police were continuing.
Mr Clarke said outside court he believed there was “room to negotiate” on some of the more serious charges, which include one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice and fourteen counts of impersonating a public officer.
“We are negotiating as to whether that is the right number and whether some of them are the appropriate charges,” Mr Clarke said.
His lawyer said while Mr Bergroth would like to see the case finished sooner rather than later he appreciated the need to be “thorough”.
His client hoped to be able to enter a plea when he next appeared in court, Mr Clarke said.Mr Bergroth remains on bail with a $2000 surety and will reappear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on August 15.
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