‘Un­faith­ful­ness’ to blame for crime

Kwinana Courier - - News - Gabrielle Jef­fery

A MAN has blamed his part­ner’s preg­nancy to an­other man as the rea­son why he stole his mother’s car and led police on a high-speed chase last year.

The chase came to an end when the car rolled three times on the Kwinana Free­way near the Kar­nup Road exit.

Ap­pear­ing at Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trates Court via video link from Aca­cia Prison, Travis James David Hill pleaded guilty to fail­ing to stop, dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing bod­ily harm, hav­ing no author­ity to drive, reck­less driv­ing to es­cape pur­suit, steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and driv­ing reck­lessly.

The pros­e­cu­tor said Hill was seen in a black Hyundai, which had ear­lier been re­ported stolen by his mother, in the carpark of the Bal­divis Shop­ping Cen­tre on Au­gust 19 last year.

Police saw him again on Nairn Drive where they tried to pull him over but Hill sped away and led police on a chase back through the carpark.

He sped through sev­eral streets be­fore mak­ing it to Man­durah Road, reach­ing speeds of 140km/h. Pas­sen­gers in the car threw items at the police car.

Police aborted the chase due to safety con­cerns but later saw the car on the free­way where it was swerv­ing and over­tak­ing cars us­ing the emer­gency lane.

Hill tried to over­take two cars but lost con­trol, swerv­ing across two lanes of traf­fic be­fore driv­ing down an em­bank­ment and rolling three times.

A fe­male pas­sen­ger re­ceived, cuts, abra­sions, soft tis­sue in­juries, had a fa­cial pierc­ing ripped from her face and a dis­lo­cated shoul­der.

Hill’s brother, who was in the car, was also in­jured.

The pros­e­cu­tor asked for $3000 repa­ra­tion for the fe­male vic­tim as she had no in­surance.

The duty lawyer said the facts were ac­cepted.

She said Hill was cur­rently sen­tenced and due for re­lease in April 2018 after breach­ing his pa­role. She said Hill had pre­vi­ously served a ninemonth term and was re­leased on strict pa­role con­di­tions.

Upon re­lease, he dis­cov­ered his part­ner had been un­faith­ful and was preg­nant to an­other man, so he took drugs and then stole his mother’s car.

She said the 19-year-old had been in cus­tody since Au­gust 21, 2017 and asked the Mag­is­trate to con­sider his young age and early pleas.

She said his par­ents were greatly dis­ap­pointed with him.

The pros­e­cu­tor said it war­ranted prison as the in­juries would have been sig­nif­i­cant for the vic­tims.

“It was by sheer luck that they weren’t killed and to do it on the free­way where there are mul­ti­ple cars, it could have been much worse,” she said.

Mag­is­trate Vi­vian Ed­wards agreed.

“The car you stole was your mother’s and as the pros­e­cu­tor said, it was only good luck noone was killed due to your driv­ing,” she said.

She sen­tenced him to 18 months im­pris­on­ment and made him el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

He was also dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for four-and-a-half years.

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