KOHN'S KILLER SENTENCED TO JAIL
PLEASE don’t drink and drive. Bundaberg police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Erwin Hoffmann’s five simple words echo those emergency services, politicians, community and family members have been saying for decades.
They are more of a plea than just five words, and 23-year-old German backpacker Juliane Kohn could still have been alive today had Karl Anthony Bartolo heeded the message on June 26, 2012.
On a stretch of the Bruce Hwy at Apple Tree Creek, Bartolo, 39, crossed onto the wrong side of the road and slammed into Miss Kohn and Sandra Kloss’s van.
Miss Kloss flew back to Australia to give Bundaberg District Court the details of her friend’s final moments.
The court heard Miss Kohn lived for just minutes after the collision, as Miss Kloss comforted her and told her everything would be alright, despite realising the crash had crushed Ms Kohn’s legs.
Bartolo was found guilty of dangerous driving while adversely affected by alcohol at Bundaberg District Court last Friday, and sentenced to seven years jail.
“Juliane Kohn and her family, Sandra Kloss and her family and the community as a whole – this trial has touched so many lives,” Snr Sgt Hoffman said.
“This incident highlights the severe consequences of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance.”
Bartolo will be eligible to apply for parole after three-and-a-half years.
TRAGIC LOSS: German backpacker Juliane Kohn, 23, was killed in a fatal crash at Apple Tree Creek in June, 2012.
INSIDE: Karl Anthony Bartolo was sentenced to seven years in jail.