Western Australian Nationals MP James Hayward granted bail on child sexual abuse charges

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West Australian authorities Nationals MP and erstwhile national enactment vice-president James Hayward has been granted bail aft being charged with kid intersexual maltreatment offences.

Hayward, who was elected to WA’s parliament earlier this year, is facing aggregate charges relating to an eight-year-old miss including persistent intersexual conduct.

The 52-year-old faced Perth magistrates Court connected Thursday and was not required to participate a plea. He was granted bail to reappear connected 13 December.

Hayward has been charged with 3 counts of indecent dealings with a kid nether 13, 1 number of procuring a kid nether 13 to bash an indecent enactment and 1 number of persistent intersexual conduct.

WA constabulary allege the MP indecently assaulted the eight-year-old successful 2021.

The WA absorption leader, Mia Davies, was expected to code media aboriginal connected Thursday.

Hayward, who holds the shadiness section government, h2o and determination cities portfolios, was elected to correspond the South West portion successful the Legislative Council astatine the March election. He has been absent from parliament this week.

He antecedently worked arsenic a section councillor successful Bunbury and a tv journalist. He served arsenic the authorities president of the WA Nationals from 2015 to 2019.

Hayward was 1 of 3 MPs earlier this twelvemonth who voted against a authorities measure to forestall radical from picketing wrong 150 metres of facilities that supply termination services.

The WA Nationals assumed absorption presumption aft Labor’s blowout triumph successful the March predetermination near the Liberals with conscionable 2 little location seats.

Under their absorption alliance, the Nationals and Liberals clasp a combined 16 seats successful the 95-seat parliament.

Individuals convicted of persistent intersexual behaviour successful WA look a maximum situation word of 20 years.