10 deaths the rea­son

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

EVERY hour of a hard five weeks work­ing for noth­ing will be a re­minder for William Kevin McCombes that he should have stopped his car when po­lice told him to on Au­gust 12.

That was the ex­pressed in­ten­tion of the pun­ish­ment handed down in Gympie Mag­is­trates Court by mag­is­trate Chris Cal­laghan on Thurs­day.

Mr Cal­laghan told the East Deep Creek 21-year-old a coro­ner had in­quired into 10 deaths aris­ing from po­lice chases.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers were dy­ing, peo­ple flee­ing them were dy­ing and other road users were dy­ing,” Mr Cal­laghan said. Penal­ties had been in­creased to com­pen­sate for a rec­om­mended out­come ban­ning chases. “The min­i­mum penalty for not stop­ping is 50 penalty units or 50 days’ jail and a penalty unit is cur­rently $135,” Mr Cal­laghan said.

Ex­press­ing a lack of con­fi­dence that McCombes could pay a $6750 fine, Mr Cal­laghan sen­tenced him to 150 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and dis­qual­i­fied him for two years.

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