A mother-of-four accused of locking a 63-year-old woman inside a storage unit has again been granted bail despite previously breaching the terms of her release.
Wei Peng Tey, 49, allegedly drove Vivien Lee to the South Perth storage unit and locked her inside between July 7 and 8.
Ms Tey was charged with deprivation of liberty and was granted bail at the time.
But she later breached the terms of her bail by trying to hand over a note to the complainant via a third party at a hospital, the Perth Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.
Her lawyer made a new bail application, saying Ms Tey was the sole carer of four children – aged eight, 13, 16 and 19 – because her husband died in 2018 from a heart condition.
The court heard her youngest son had moderate autism and her oldest child, who was studying at university, was trying to care for all of her siblings but their funds had been exhausted.
Ms Tey’s lawyer said it was hoped the children would be alright while she was in custody, but the situation was now untenable.
It was also submitted that if negotiations with prosecutors over the alleged deprivation of liberty were unsuccessful, Ms Tey would plead not guilty but her trial in the District Court would be some time away.
“The (alleged) facts are bizarre, if you will,” her lawyer said.
He also noted his client had no criminal record.
The police prosecutor opposed bail, saying it was a serious offence.
But Magistrate Sarah Oliver accepted it was a “relatively minor” breach of the bail terms.
“I am persuaded, on this occasion, that there are exceptional circumstances,” she said.
But Ms Oliver warned Ms Tey that if she breached the terms again she would be locked up with no chance of release on bail regardless of her son’s condition.
Ms Tey, who appeared in court via video link from Melaleuca Prison, required an interpreter during the proceedings.
She was granted bail with a $1000 personal undertaking and is due back in court on October 19.