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Dangerous sex offender in strife over meth

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016

A dangerous sex offender could be charged after allegedly breaching his strict supervision order by taking meth, a Perth court has heard.

Warren John Ricky Ugle was declared a dangerous sex offender after three attacks on females, including an 11- year-old victim, during burglaries between 1992 and 2007.

He was due to be sentenced in the WA Supreme Court on Friday for smoking cannabis weeks after he was released from prison in November last year.

But lawyer Susan Markham said the state wanted to reopen the case because meth was allegedly detected in Ugle's urine during a test last week.

She said Ugle had not been charged yet because police wanted to interview him by video.

Defence counsel Mara Barone sought bail, saying Ugle and his partner had signed a tenancy agreement and the woman could not afford it alone.

She added it was already difficult for Ugle to find a home and it could affect his chances of being freed later if he did not have a place to live.

But Justice Bruno Fianacca refused to grant bail, saying meth was a major risk factor for Ugle's sexual reoffending.

Ugle was remanded in custody to appear in court via video link on December 19.

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