ALLEGED “Evil 8” member Alfred Impicciatore has been remanded in custody after a brief court appearance in Perth following his arrest in New South Wales earlier this week.
Mr Impicciatore was last week due to stand trial in WA’s District Court on child sex charges resulting from the police investigation into a father who admitted pimping out his daughter to a series of men via online advertisements.
But after failing to appear in court, he was picked up by NSW police in Merriwa, about 270 kilometres north-west of Sydney.
He arrived back in Perth last night after his extradition back to WA was granted.
Mr Impicciatore appeared in WA’s District Court today, sporting a beard, plaid shirt and paint-smeared pants.
The case was adjourned for another trial listing hearing next week. Mr Impicciatore has also been charged with breaching bail, which he did not plead to today.
Mr Impicciatore had also failed to appear for his scheduled court dates on at least four occasions last year.
His lawyer Mara Barone at the time told the court his non-appearances were connected to stress related to media and public attention, including being “insulted and assaulted” by members of the public.
The court was told on one occasion he had locked himself in a court toilet due to a panic attack, and had been sedated at Royal Perth Hospital on another.
The victim at the centre of the paedophile ring was raped, molested, filmed and drugged by a group of men, including her father, over two years.
She was aged just 11 when the abuse started.
The girl’s father, who was sentenced last year for more than 22 years jail, is appealing the length of his sentence which he claims was excessive.