Rottnest head matches racing identity
A HUMAN head washed up on Western Australia's Rottnest Island is believed to belong to a well-known racing identity who was due to face court this week on serious drug charges.
A homicide investigation was launched a week ago when an 11-year-old girl found the head wrapped in plastic while visiting the popular holiday spot with her family.
West Australian media are reporting the head belongs to Stephen Raymond Cookson, a 54-year-old Perth underworld figure and chronic gambler. Mr Cookson referred to himself as an ''equine consultant''.
Police teams search the beaches of Rottnest Island for more body parts. Photo: Channel Ten
Police would not confirm Mr Cookson was the victim, saying attempts were still being made to contact next of kin.
Mr Cookson had racked up a considerable criminal history of assault and drugs charges.
The latest charge - possessing methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply - would have put him before the Perth District Court this week.
Grisly find at Porpoise Bay in Rottnest. Photo: Channel Ten
In 2005, Mr Cookson attacked racehorse owner Peter Graham, breaking his nose just hours before Mr Graham was due to give evidence at a trial into doping.
Mr Cookson is reported to have a full beard, moustache and was missing several upper front teeth, making him a match for the description of the head released by police.