Fatal motorcycle case under review
Alan Rustand and Terri Rustand wiht a photgraph of their daughter Carli. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian

A man charged over a motorcycle crash that killed his female passenger could face an upgraded charge after police decided to review the case.

Giles Nelson Graham, 23, has been charged with reckless driving and excess 0.08 over the accident in which passenger Carli Rustand was killed.

Today, Brent Meertens, a consultant State prosecutor with WA Police, told the Perth Magistrate's Court the case was being reviewed with the possibility of upgrading the charge to the more serious offence of dangerous driving causing death.

Mr Meertens said outside court that he would review all the prosecution evidence including material from major crash police and also confer with colleagues before making a decision.

"The charge is still under consideration and I am going to review all the evidence and make a decision before the next court appearance," he said.

Ms Rustand had been celebrating her 24th birthday on March 4 when the Harley-Davidson she was a passenger on crashed on Riverside Drive in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Graham allegedly had a blood alcohol reading of. 0.107 and is accused of driving at more than 45 km/h over the speed limit.

Outside court, Ms Rustand’s parents, Terri and Alan Rustand, said they were pleased with the case review.

Mr Graham has not pleaded to the charges, with his lawyer David Manera today opposing his client being placed on bail pending a possible upgrade of the charges.

Mr Manera said his client was serving with the Australian army, had no record - not even a speeding ticket - and was not a flight risk.

The magistrate declined to impose bail and adjourned the case to August 3.

The West Australian

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