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Fam­ily up­set by court no-show

A French­man who was al­lowed to re­turn home to visit his dy­ing fa­ther has now re­fused to come back to Perth to face trial over a crash that killed a Ger­ald­ton fa­ther near Kal­barri last year.

Jean-Christophe An­dre Ker­am­bloch, 45, was due to face trial in the Dis­trict Court in Perth on Monday, charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing the death of 52-year-old Micheal Lorne last July.

It is al­leged Mr Ker­am­bloch was on the wrong side of the road when he crashed into Mr Lorne’s Har­leyDavid­son mo­tor­cy­cle on Ge­orge Grey Drive, about 17km south of Kal­barri.

De­fence lawyer Ge­orge Gi­u­dice told the court Mr Ker­am­bloch ad­vised him about 1am on Sun­day that he would not be at­tend­ing the trial.

The court was told Mr Ker­am­bloch was orig­i­nally due to face trial in May, but an ac­cred­ited French in­ter­preter was not booked and the trial was ad­journed.

Mr Ker­am­bloch, who had been re­quired to live in WA since the crash, was then granted per­mis­sion to travel to France to visit his ill fa­ther, on the con­di­tion he re­turned to Perth seven days be­fore the trial.

Ex­plain­ing Mr Ker­am­bloch’s ab­sence, Mr Gi­u­dice said his client re­mained at his fa­ther’s bed­side, adding he could “no longer af­ford to be here”.

“His fa­ther his sick, dy­ing of can­cer, in his last mo­ments, and he can­not put his fam­ily through any more trauma,” he said.

“He has great sym­pa­thy for the de­ceased and the fam­ily, but that’s his po­si­tion.”

Judge An­thony Der­rick said Mr Ker­am­bloch was “in bla­tant breach of his bail” and that his ex­pla­na­tion was “com­pletely un­sat­is­fac­tory”.

He is­sued a war­rant for his ar­rest. Out­side court, Mr Gi­u­dice said Mr Ker­am­bloch was not “ca­pa­ble of giv­ing these mat­ters proper thought at the mo­ment”.

“He didn’t get a visa from the State un­til Fri­day a week ago, and then his fa­ther be­came very ill and is now on his death bed in France,” he said.

“He’s re­ally very sorry for the fam­ily, he ex­pressed that, and asked me to make that very clear in court, but he can’t put his fam­ily through this any longer.”

Mr Lorne’s brother-in-law Wayne Nor­ris, who trav­elled to Perth from Ger­ald­ton for the trial with other mem­bers of the victim’s fam­ily, said they were “not happy” about Mr Ker­am­bloch’s re­fusal to re­turn. “Some of the fam­ily thought this may even­tu­ate when you let peo­ple go out of the coun­try,” he said.

“At the end of the day, no, we’re not happy. It’s up to our ju­di­cial sys­tem to make sure these things don’t hap­pen.” He said he did not ac­cept Mr Ker­am­bloch’s apol­ogy.

Pic­ture: Sharon Smith

Fam­ily mem­bers of Michael Lorne, who died in a fa­tal crash near Kal­barri last July. IN­SET: French na­tional Jean-Christophe An­dre Ker­am­bloch.

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