06/05/2022 - 10:38

Federal Police request more time in Cowan probe

06/05/2022 - 10:38

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Well-connected former Joondalup Health Campus boss Kempton Cowan won’t face court again until mid-June, after Federal Police pushed for more time to investigate allegations he was in possession of child abuse material.

Federal Police request more time in Cowan probe
Kempton Cowan and his lawyer Michael Tudori leaving the court last month. Photo: David Henry

Well-connected former Joondalup Health Campus boss Kempton Cowan won’t face court again until mid-June, after Federal Police pushed for more time to investigate allegations he was in possession of child abuse material.

The 55-year-old was due to front Perth Magistrates Court this morning on four charges laid by police, who allegedly uncovered videos of girls being sexually abused on electronic devices at his Mosman Park home.

Those charges include three counts of possessing child abuse material and one count of causing child abuse material to be transmitted using a carriage service, offences which carry a maximum penalty of 15 years jail.

Dr Cowan was arrested and charged on March 24 after the Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team allegedly found the videos on two iPhones and an iPad alongside an online request for child abuse material, which are now subject to further forensic examination.

Dr Cowan had been due to reappear in court this morning, but his lawyer Michael Tudori told the court his client had consented to orders from the Commonwealth, which needed “more time” to conduct its investigation.

The matter has been remanded until June 17.

Last month, Business News revealed the former health sector boss was facing the charges.

The probe was launched after Interpol made contact with Federal Police claiming a UK-based teenager had told police about online communications she allegedly had with an Australian-based man.

Dr Cowan was allegedly later linked to the messaging accounts used.

Having helmed Joondalup Health Campus for almost two decades, Dr Cowan worked alongside state and federal governments on the expansion of the private-public hospital and was regularly photographed with senior politicians and business leaders at official events.

Dr Cowan had worked in a strategic role as a Ramsay Health Care executive, but was stood down before resigning when the company was informed of the charges.

In 2018, Dr Cowan received an honorary title - Doctor of Business - from Edith Cowan University.

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