Man lied car was stolen
A MAN who had an accident in his own car then lied to police that the vehicle had been stolen said it was because his girlfriend had cheated on him at the time.
Troy Stewart Orwin pleaded guilty and was fined $1200 for creating a false belief when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on September 15.
The prosecutor said officers received a call on July 6 at 3.11am from Orwin saying his car had been stolen from his address.
After further inquiries police discovered that Orwin had gone to his girlfriend’s house in Baldivis earlier that night in a very upset state as the relationship had ended.
After an argument, Orwin got into his car and accelerated away. Shortly after, the girlfriend heard a bang.
Police found Orwin’s car, which had crashed into a fence, on Eighty Road.
The car was locked and there was no sign of damage to locks or the ignition barrel.
Orwin asked for a spent conviction citing work concerns and provided references to Magistrate Vivien Edwards.
“It is important for me to have a spent conviction as I do shutdown work,” Orwin said.
Magistrate Edwards said Orwin had a previous record of dishonesty offences from 10 years ago.
Orwin said he had been granted spent convictions for all of his prior offences as they were more than 10 years old.
“This offence was a moment of madness; I was in love with this person and she was not a good influence on me,” he said.
Magistrate Edwards said Orwin did not accept responsibility for his behaviour. “It sounds like you’re placing the blame on the other person,” she said. She fined Orwin $1200 and denied him a spent conviction.