A 23-year-old Subway store manager has been refused bail over two city nightclub assaults on the weekend, one of which has left a man on life support.
Connor Pestell, of Woodlands, appeared in Perth Magistrate's Court today facing charges of grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm.
He is accused of punching a man twice in the mouth outside Ginger Nightclub on William Street in the early hours of Saturday when a conversation turned aggressive.
Police allege Mr Pestell then punched the first man's friend, who had his hands in his pockets, twice in the face after he walked towards the accused and yelled out "why did you hit my mate?"
That alleged victim fell backwards on the road and suffered a serious head injury.
In opposing bail, a police prosecutor told the court the alleged victim remained in a critical condition on life support in Royal Perth Hospital with medicos unsure if he will survive. If life support was switched off, the charge would likely be upgraded, he said.
He said Mr Pestell, who was a trained boxer, should not be granted bail because the charge was too serious and the accused was friends with some of the eyewitnesses, prompting concerns he would interfere with witnesses.
Mr Pestell's lawyer Henry Sklarz signalled to the court that self-defence was a possible defence and that the facts would be "disputed quite vigorously".
He said his client's father, the State manager of 120 Subway stores in WA, could post a substantial surety for his son. Mr Sklarz said his client had no material criminal record, handed himself into police and faced a lengthy wait in custody with the matter appearing to head to trial.
"It's unfair to prejudge ... the likely outcome of this young person's fate," Mr Sklarz said.
Magistrate Giuseppe Cicchini refused bail, saying the allegation, involving the "real risk the victim may die", was too serious.
Outside court, Mr Sklarz said he was disappointed with the outcome and indicated his client may consider applying for bail in the Supreme Court.
"He's a young man who can go straight back to work and await the legal process to take its course," he said.Mr Pestell was remanded in custody to appear in court next week.
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