Accused member of 'circus school child abuse ring' is granted bail

Paul Cook (pictured) was granted bail on Friday with strict conditions imposed

Paul Cook (pictured) was granted bail on Friday with strict conditions imposed

One of the seven people from a Blue Mountains circus school accused of depraved acts on children as young as three has been granted bail.  

Former police officer Paul Cook, 52, was granted bail in court on Friday by Magistrate Roger Clisdell on the conditions that he not be alone with any child under 16 years of age, he report to police daily and he surrenders his passport. 

Mr Cook, his sister Therese Ann Cook, 58, and her daughters Yyani Cook-Williams, 29, and Clarissa Meredith, 23, are four of seven people accused of 127 charges which include the alleged rape of young boy. 

Other charges faced by the family include kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, of a child and producing child abuse material. 

It's alleged the family filmed the rapes at their Blue Mountains circus school with the charges relating to the alleged abuse of three boys between 2014 and 2016.

One of the most heinous allegations is against burlesque dancer Yyani-Rose Cook-Williams, 29, (pictured)

Court documents have also revealed allegations of 'blood rituals' having been performed on some of the victims. 

All four accused have pleaded not guilty to all charges , the three other co-accused have not been named as they were under 18 at the time of the alleged offences. 

Defence lawyer Bryan Wrench said the outcome of the case will be shown to be either the 'worst case' of child abuse in the state's history or 'one of the greatest miscarriages of justice'. 

It's alleged the family filmed the rapes at their Blue Mountains circus school with the charges relating to the alleged abuse of three boys between 2014 and 2016

It's alleged the family filmed the rapes at their Blue Mountains circus school with the charges relating to the alleged abuse of three boys between 2014 and 2016

Magistrate Clisdell said he understood apprehension around granting bail. 

'Anyone facing a potential life imprisonment is always going to be a flight risk,' he said. 

He also said he

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