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Two men behind bars after woman run over in violent carjacking in Hamilton Hill

Two men believed to be involved in a violent carjacking where a 77-year-old woman was allegedly run over in her driveway in Perth's south have been remanded in custody. 

Police said Jean Parry had parked her car in the driveway of her Hamilton Hill home and left the keys in the ignition to manually open a gate when William James Cook allegedly got into the driver's seat and attempted to drive off on Friday morning. 

Police allege the 24-year-old pushed Ms Parry to the ground as she tried to stop him and reversed over her right leg. 

She was taken to hospital with two broken bones and is expected to undergo surgery. 

Men arrested in beach-side suburb

Police said Mr Cook picked up a second person, believed to be Dion Wikaira, 22, nearby. 

The vehicle was found a short time later in North Coogee, where both men were arrested. 

Mr Cook was charged with multiple offences including aggravated burglary and aggravated grievous bodily harm.

In the Perth Magistrates Court this morning, Cook denied the allegations against him and applied for bail. 

However, the court heard there was strong evidence, including CCTV footage, which showed him entering and exiting the stolen vehicle, along with witness statements. 

Accused had just been released from jail

The court also heard Mr Cook had been released from custody on October 14 after serving two years and nine months. 

The police prosecutor said he had a history of violent reoffending and posed a "risk to the community." 

The judge agreed, stating that "no conditions imposed could alleviate concerns that [Mr Cook] would reoffend again".

His honour said the alleged offence was of a serious nature and refused bail. 

His co-accused, Dion Wikaira, faced two stealing charges in court after also allegedly stealing Ms Parry's purse which contained $9.50. 

The 22-year-old did not apply for bail. 

Both men are due to appear in court again next month.

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