Abdul Popal’s alleged killer to fight manslaughter charge after Clarkson laneway death


An Ocean Reef man accused of unlawfully killing a teenager in the northern Perth suburb of Clarkson has been granted bail.

Kai Dylan Best, 20, appeared in the Joondalup Magistrates Court charged with the manslaughter of 16-year-old Abdul Popal.

CCTV footage showed Mr Popal standing next to a car and speaking to someone inside the vehicle on Portslade Lane on Saturday evening.

The car sped off with Mr Popal hanging on briefly until he fell, hitting his head on the ground.

He died at the scene.

A trial over Mr Popal’s death could be up to two years away, the magistrate said.(Supplied: Facebook)

Mr Best’s lawyer, Jeremy Noble, said his client would plead not guilty.

He applied for bail, saying there was not a strong prosecution case and that his client had no criminal record and would abide by strict bail conditions.

The court heard Mr Best worked as a carpenter’s apprentice and had a pregnant partner and 19-month old child, for whom he was the sole income earner.

Two men walk away from a building with the one on the left hiding his face under a black hoodie.
Kai Dylan Best (left) covered his face and made no comment as he left court in Joondalup.(ABC News: Nicolas Perpitch)

Magistrate Matthew Walton noted the seriousness of the charge, but also said a trial could be up to two years away.

He said given Mr Best’s age, the strength of the prosecution’s case, the circumstances and Mr Best’s background, bail would be granted.

He set a $10,000 personal undertaking and a $50,000 surety with strict conditions.

Mr Best will reappear in court in January next year.

A head and shoulders shot of a young boy smiling.
Mr Popal died at the scene on Portslade Lane on Saturday evening.(Supplied: Facebook)



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