Man who ran over woman twice given suspended jail sentence

Man who ran over woman twice given suspended jail sentence

A MAN who ran over a woman twice and left her injured body lying on the road will have to complete a nine month pre-sentence order to avoid jail time.

Michael William Lee (23) pleaded guilty to failing to stop at an accident, dangerous driving and having no authority to drive.

The police prosecutor told the Mandurah Magistrates Court that it was between 2.40pm and 4pm on June 23, 2015, when Lee ran over the victim in Erskine.

The female victim and Lee spotted each other at the Caltex in Erskine.

She then drove off and used her brakes outside of Sonic Health Centre, causing Lee to hit the back of her car.

She got out of her car to confront Lee and put her arms inside the car. 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.

Lee’s case took more than a year as the prosecution and his counsel had issues with the original charge of grievous bodily harm, which was modified to assault occasioning bodily harm.

Finally, Lee was charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop, as the prosecutor did not believe the victim was assaulted.

Counsel for the accused Mr Kelly said Lee’s girlfriend and the victim’s sister had a “dramatic falling out” before these events.

Following the collision, Mr Kelly claimed the victim put her arms inside the car, punched Lee and grabbed him by the jumper.

“In a moment of stress he reversed to get away from the victim,” he said.

“She was caught by the wheel and thrown to the ground.”

Mr Kelly described the accused as lacking maturity with poor consequential thinking.

“As demonstrated by driving around in a car with no number plates,” he said.

“He reacted badly in a bad situation.”

Mr Kelly asked for Lee to be given a lighter sentence based on his young age.

“He is at a critical juncture in his life, prison could be a tipping point to criminal behaviour,” he said.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards asked Mr Kelly to read the victim impact statement before he continued his plea for leniency.

After reading the statement, Mr Kelly agreed that jail would be appropriate but asked that the sentence be suspended.

The police prosecutor called the offence a serious matter and agreed prison is justified.

“The fact is Mr Lee did not stop to render assistance,” he said.

“The victim’s voice is not heard in courts, if it could be allowed for Mr Lee to go to hospital and see the impact of his actions.”

Magistrate Edwards agreed that the threshold for imprisonment had been reached.

However, she placed Lee on a nine month pre-sentence order, which if completed successfully, will qualify Lee for seven months in prison suspended.

His success on the program will be assessed on December 15.

He was ordered to resign his bail and not to approach the victim or her sister.