Coodanup man drove over a man, leaving tyre marks on his leg

Coodanup man drove over a man, leaving tyre marks on his leg

A MAN who drove over a man, leaving a tyre mark on his leg, was sentenced to 26 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, when he appeared in Perth District Court on January 29.

Cy Jack Roberts (21) pleaded guilty to with intent to harm did an act in which the life, health or safety of a person was endangered and wilfully and unlawfully damaged a fence.

The court was told Roberts and the victim were drinking together in Coodanup on April 15.

Roberts had been drinking for several hours and they argued. Roberts struck the victim and the victim left the house and walked along the road.

Roberts followed the victim in his vehicle and deliberately drove at him, crossing onto the incorrect side of the road, driving up onto a footpath and across the front lawn and a garden of a house.

Magistrate Mark Herron said Roberts ran over him and left a tyre mark on one of his legs.

“Your vehicle then crashed into a fence, destroying the fence,” Mr Herron said.

“You failed to stop, accelerating your vehicle away, during which you lost control of the vehicle, driving over a traffic island, damaging a road sign and causing damage to another grass verge.

“You later abandoned your vehicle and slept at a friend’s house.”

Mr Herron said Roberts used his car as a weapon.

“You deliberately and intentionally drove your car at him,” Mr Herron said.

The victim tried to hide behind bushes so he would not be found.

“You persisted in trying to find him by driving back and forth in the area,” Mr Herron said.

“It would have been a terrifying and traumatic incident for the victim.”

The victim sustained abrasions and some bruising.

The court was told Roberts had no memory of the incident.

Mr Herron said Roberts had had a difficult upbringing and had significant disadvantages in life.

“You suffer from anxiety and depression and act violently when under stress,” Mr Herron said.

Roberts had shown remorse and demonstrated empathy for the victim

Roberts must undergo a program requirement and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.