Wed­ding goes ahead af­ter woman runs over fi­ance

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

A COU­PLE got hitched just months af­ter the soon-to-be bride drunk­enly re­versed over her fi­ance fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment at a party, leav­ing him se­ri­ously in­jured.

Kim­ber­ley Ilana Mac­don­ald, 48, pleaded guilty in Ma­roochy­dore Dis­trict Court to dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm and drink driv­ing.

The court heard Mac­don­ald drank two bot­tles of wine at a party at a Bella Creek home with her then-fi­ance on Au­gust 21, 2016.

At 1am the pair were pre­par­ing to go to sleep in a horse float when they be­gan ar­gu­ing.

He walked away and Mac­don­ald de­cided to fol­low him in her ute, de­spite oth­ers at the party telling her to leave him be. Mac­don­ald passed him on Bella Ck Rd be­fore stop­ping and re­vers­ing over him.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Alex Stark said when Mac­don­ald re­turned to the house to ask a friend to call an am­bu­lance, she told peo­ple at the party to not tell any­one about the in­ci­dent.

When paramedics ar­rived, the vic­tim said it was an­other per­son who hit him and Mac­don­ald told po­lice she drove down the road and found him in­jured.

He has since fully re­cov­ered. When tested, Mac­don­ald, re­turned a blood al­co­hol read­ing of .118%.

They got mar­ried two months later, but sep­a­rated last year.

Mr Stark said the act was “careless rather than de­lib­er­ate driv­ing” and there was no al­le­ga­tion she ran him over on pur­pose, al­though his in­juries could have been life-threat­en­ing if not at­tended to.

She has a his­tory of driv­ing of­fences pre­dom­i­nately for speed­ing, but was con­victed of dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle in 2014 and sen­tenced to six months’ im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for 12 months.

Mr Stark said in that case, Mac­don­ald tail-gated a dif­fer­ent ex-part­ner on Mary Val­ley Rd, per­sis­tently beep­ing her horn and driv­ing into the on­com­ing lane.

The man and two other wit­nesses con­tacted po­lice to re­port the in­ci­dent.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Si­mone Bain told the court Mac­don­ald was “in­cred­i­bly re­morse­ful” for her lat­est dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge and was oth­er­wise re­garded as a “kind, gen­tle, car­ing per­son” by those who knew her.

Ms Bain said the vic­tim was abu­sive to­wards Mac­don­ald and held the al­le­ga­tions over her head un­til he made a for­mal com­plaint in 2018 fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent.

De­spite the de­lay in the vic­tim com­ing for­ward, charges against Mac­don­ald were pur­sued in De­cem­ber 2016 based on the state­ments of other wit­nesses.

Mac­don­ald cares for her 15year-old son who has cere­bral palsy and is pas­sion­ate about as­sist­ing dis­abled peo­ple through horse rid­ing.

Chief Judge Kerry O’Brien told the court he needed time to con­sider the ap­pro­pri­ate sen­tence for Mac­don­ald which he will hand down next Thurs­day.

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