The man accused of brutally attacking an elderly pensioner, who later died in a Perth hospital, has been refused bail but the charges against him are yet to be upgraded.
Emiliano Lombardi, 84, was bashed and allegedly slashed with a broken car mirror on the front lawn of his East Cannington home on August 16 after he investigated a disturbance.
The grandfather spent a fortnight at Royal Perth Hospital and was eventually taken out of the intensive care unit, but he died this week.
The Homicide Squad took over the investigation, but when Quade Karsum Jones, 28, faced Perth Magistrates Court on Friday the grievous bodily harm charge had not been upgraded.
That is because officers are waiting for forensic test results before deciding whether the charge will be upgraded.
Jones told detectives he had been in the area that evening but had no memory of what he did, the court heard.
His bail application was rejected and he was remanded in custody to face court again on October 8.
Days after the attack on Mr Lombardi, other crimes that happened between 6.30pm and 7.30pm that evening were linked.
Jones allegedly punched and robbed a man in his 20s in Cannington, indecently assaulted a woman in her 40s in East Cannington, and used a metal sign to hit a woman in her 20s in Beckenham.
He is also accused of committing criminal damage and graffiti.
A 24-year-old man has been charged over other acts of criminal damage committed in the area that evening.
The community had rallied behind Mr Lombardi, including neighbours who described him as “a hell of a nice guy” often in his vegetable garden.
Mr Lombardi’s death sparked an outpouring of grief in WA, with Premier Mark McGowan paying tribute to him.
“Mr Lombardi was the victim of a cowardly, unprovoked and disgusting attack,” Mr McGowan said.
“Nobody, especially our elderly and most vulnerable, should have to suffer like this, nor be afraid outside their own home.”
Police Minister Michelle Roberts described Mr Lombardi’s death as “absolutely tragic and senseless”.
Originally published as No bail after bash victim death