A well-known Albany horse trainer has been accused of indecently dealing with a child. Desmond Murray Attwell, 56, appeared in Albany Magistrates Court on Friday while in police custody. He is charged with two counts of indecently dealing with a child over 13 and under 16, and supplying juveniles with alcohol on unlicensed premises. The offences are alleged to have occurred on Thursday at Emu Point. Mr Attwell holds a dual licence as an owner-trainer in WA and has been training horses for more than 30 years with 37 winners to his name. His biggest success as a trainer came in 2018 when talented sprinter Long Knife won the $100,000 Fitzpatrick Plate in Albany. He has scaled back his training this season, saddling up just six runners in 2022-23. During his court appearance, police prosecutor Sgt Warrick Walker told the court the complainant was allegedly indecently dealt with by Mr Attwell “just up the road from her home”. He was not required to enter pleas during the short court appearance. Sgt Walker said police opposed granting Mr Attwell bail as there were concerns for his welfare and a “strong prosecution case”. He said police were aware members of the community had said they wanted to “get at (Mr Attwell) and cause him harm” and they held concerns for his mental health. Magistrate Erin O’Donnell said the potential of risk occurring to Mr Attwell was not sufficient for bail to be refused. Ms O’Donnell said people who said they would do Mr Attwell harm may have been “simply mouthing off as a knee-jerk reaction to what they’ve heard”. He was released on bail with protective conditions put in place against the complainant and a witness, and will next appear in court on June 8.