Erskine: Man who ran over woman twice avoids jail term

A MAN who ran over a woman twice in Erskine – breaking her back and pelvis – was sentenced to seven months in prison suspended for 12 months in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday.

Michael William Lee (24) pleaded guilty more than two years ago to failing to stop at an accident, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and having no authority to drive.

Lee ran over the victim on June 23, 2015, after an altercation with the victim.

They were known to each other and Lee followed her from the Caltex.

The victim used her brakes causing Lee’s car to hit hers outside of Sonic Health Centre.

She got out of her car and confronted Lee, putting her arms inside his car, when Lee reversed.

Lee ran over the victim with his sedan and then drove forward over her, before driving off.

The victim received “serious injuries”, including a broken back, pelvis and ankle.

Magistrate Anne Longden said the victim was no longer able to work.

“You committed a dangerous act when someone was partially in your car and ended up running over them,” she said.

“This had a real impact on her (the victim).

“You consider that the victim is exaggerating (her injuries), but this has impacted on her social life and emotional well being.”

Magistrate Longden said a previous magistrate considered sentencing Lee to seven months in prison, but decided to give him a chance to rehabilitate.

Lee successfully completed a pre-sentence order and kicked his methamphetamine habit.

Magistrate Longden sentenced Lee to seven months in prison suspended for a year for dangerous driving occasioning bodily harm, three months concurrent for failing to stop at an accident and had his licence suspended for a year for having no authority to drive.

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