Man lied car was stolen

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

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.

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