POLICE may upgrade the charge against a man accused of bashing a foreign student and leaving her for dead in a stairwell, a court has been told.
Eduardo Santos Abrahao Filho, 27, allegedly caused grievous bodily harm to Mehreen Ahmad, a Pakistani national from the United States, on the night they met last month.
Ms Ahmad was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries after she was found in the stairwell of a city apartment in the early hours of the morning.
Police allege Mr Santos Abrahao Filho first met the alleged victim through mutual friends at the city apartment.
During his appearance in Perth Magistrate’s Court this morning, police prosecutors revealed there was a chance the charge could be upgraded.
The current charge was read to the accused but he was not required to enter a plea.
Parents at bedside of bashed foreign student Mehreen Ahmad
Mr Santos Abrahao Filho’s lawyer told the court he might apply for bail on behalf of his Brazilian client in the future.
Ms Ahmad had been studying primary school teaching in Perth for two years.
Her parents flew in from Dubai after the alleged attack to be by her side in hospital.
In an earlier statement, Ms Ahmad’s family described her as a loving and caring person with a vibrant personality.
“Mehreen has been through an extremely traumatic experience which should not have happened and one which no person should have to endure,” the family said.
“We will be by her side as she fights to recover.”
Mr Santos Abrahao Filho was remanded in custody ahead of his next court appearance in August.