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Man in court over son s crash death
Michael Newman pictured leaving Midland Magistrate's Court today. Picture: John Mokrzycki/The West Australian

A 32-year-old Caversham man charged over a car crash that claimed the life of his three-year-old son made his first appearance in court today.

Michael Newman faced Midland Magistrate’s Court charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death over the crash on May 29 this year on West Swan Road in Caversham. He was charged earlier this month.

Mr Newman’s Holden SS V8 sedan crashed into a tree, resulting in the death of his son Dre Newman.

Mr Newman was not required to enter a plea during his brief appearance today and the case was adjourned for Mr Newman to apply for legal aid.

Police say the boy was restrained in the rear passenger seat, but it has not been revealed whether he was properly positioned in an appropriate seat.

Under WA laws, children under the age of four must be in a restraint with an in-built harness.

Soon after the crash, police said they did not believe the car was speeding. Police have not revealed what they allege the dangerous aspect of Mr Newman’s driving was.

Mr Newman, who was accompanied by a group of supporters today, was bailed to appear in court again in November.

The West Australian

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