Our client was facing multiple driving and assault offences at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court. The charges were allegedly committed as part of an ongoing conflict between our client and his ex-wife’s partner.
Of the charges filed, the most serious was a Threat to Kill offence. It was alleged that our client chased after the complainant while riding a motor vehicle, then stopped beside him and made threatening comments.
Overall the charges against him were:
- Careless Driving
- Dangerous Driving
- Reckless Conduct Endangering Serious Injury
- Threats to Kill
Shaun Pascoe provided the legal representation on the client’s behalf.
Our client has no criminal history. When interviewed by the police, he acknowledged that his actions were unlawful and regretted having demonstrated such behaviour. He was genuinely remorseful over the incident that he even attended counselling with a psychologist.
Shaun Pascoe made submissions to the court showing the positive steps our client has taken towards rehabilitation, with emphasis on his consistent counselling sessions. It was also shown to the court how our client was actually a man of good character; and that the offending was actually only due to the challenges he has had to face with the collapse of his marriage and its effects on his children.
Negotiations with the prosecution resulted in the significant charges being withdrawn. The matter proceeded with only the summary charges of Dangerous Driving and Unlawful Assault. This was a very good outcome especially with the charges Make Threat to Kill and Reckless Conduct Endangering Serious Injury potentially sending an accused behind bars for 10 years if found guilty.
Ultimately, the magistrate sentenced our client to a Good Behaviour Bond and was required to complete a men’s behaviour change program. For the Dangerous Driving offence, the court imposed a licence cancellation for the statutory minimum period of 6 months.