An Irish backpacker appeared before Perth Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with stealing his employer’s jeep.
Neil Mac Gillicuddy, 24, was remanded on bail to appear again later this month. No plea was entered.
West Australian police allege that Mr Mac Gillicuddy and another Irishman had permission to take their employer’s jeep from the regional town of Watheroo as far as his son’s nearby house but not any further.
The two men are understood to have been working in Watheroo, which is 214km north of Perth.
Police allege that the men drove the 1998 Nissan Patrol from the regional town to Moora, about 40km south.
Police allege that Mr Mac Gillicuddy and a 22-year-old Irish backpacker, who was not charged with an offence, were involved in two separate crashes in Moora in the early hours of June 2.
The police incident report states that the jeep rolled over itself and back onto its wheels after taking a 90-degree bend in the town.
The jeep had also crashed a short time earlier near the town’s community centre.
Police later seized the written off vehicle and escorted Mr Mac Gillicuddy to the Perth watch house.
St John Ambulance took the 22-year-old to Royal Perth Hospital.
A hospital spokesperson said he was discharged a short time afterwards.
Moora police want to speak him about the incident, according to a WA police spokesperson.
Mr Mac Gillicuddy is scheduled to appear before Perth Magistrates Court again on June 25.