Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Video will begin in 5 seconds.

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Rottnest head - more revealed

More details are revealed in the ongoing police investigation to identify the human head that washed up on Rottnest Island on January 6.

PT0M59S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cgeq 620 349

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.

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.

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.