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Old May 15th 06, 10:17 PM posted to aus.bicycle
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Here is an article from The Courier Mail this weekend. It is fully
relevant to the upcoming WoJ/RoS activities. We have to be careful
about assuming the CM is a source of complete information. However, on
the face of it we have:

- four years in jail for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm

- unlicensed with serial serious traffic offences
- no charge for leaving the scene, with a cyclist dead on the road.

By this standard, you and I would have got off scot-free. Are the road
rules up to the mark? I say not. Also note the headline does not
mention death, just hit-run. Feel free to email the Courier Mail on
http://www.couriermail.news.com.au/ .

Donga

The Courier Mail, 13-14 May 2006

Drink-driver, 23, jailed for hit-run

Leanne Edmistone

A PROMISING football career was destroyed when a Broncos' scholarship
player with a bad traffic history yesterday admit*ted running down a
cyclist while he was drink-driving.

Jason James Walters, 23, had been drinking for hours on Monday, March
21, last year when he knocked down a cyclist riding home from work.
Walters did not stop.

Passers-by found Aaron Patrick Butler, 24, lying in a pool of blood in
the middle of a turning lane on Wynnum Road at Wynnum, his badly
damaged bike metres away.

Walters pleaded guilty before the Brisbane District Court to one count
of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm while adversely
affected by an intoxicating substance.

Prosecutor Chris Minnery said Walters was unlicensed at the time, had
previously been disqualified from driving and had been sentenced to a
15-month suspended jail term just nine months earlier for dangerous
driving.

Judge John McGill SC sentenced Walters to four years' jail, to be
served on top of the activated sentence he is currently serving.

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Old May 16th 06, 01:19 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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A promising football career was destroyed?

I only hope Aaron's family don't read the Courier Mail.

Mick


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Old May 16th 06, 02:24 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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Mick wrote:
A promising football career was destroyed?


Good point. The guy was already in jail and hopefully wasn't being let
out for practice and games!

I wonder what responsibility the alcohol industry would take in this -
major sponsors of rugby league and other assorted boganism.

Donga

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Old May 16th 06, 02:29 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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Mick Wrote:
A promising football career was destroyed?

I only hope Aaron's family don't read the Courier Mail.

Mick

No mention of a promising life that was destroyed. Or all the others
hurt.

That is absolutely pathetic of the Courier Mail.


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Old May 16th 06, 02:38 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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The tone of that article is disgraceful - who cares about some silly
football career, Walters KILLED someone and then left him there. Gawd,
the footballer obviously had made the choice not to learn from his past
lessons and the consequence of leniency by previous judges is that a
cyclist is killed.

Yep, I'm basing my foot stamping on one article but we all know this is
common occurance.


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Old May 16th 06, 03:24 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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"Donga" wrote in message
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- four years in jail for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm
Also note the headline does not mention death, just hit-run.

Was the cyclist killed? The article just says he was injured, and the driver
would have been charged with dangerous driving causing death and not just
grievous bodily harm if there was a death involved. Is there more to this
story?


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OzCableguy Wrote:
"Donga" wrote in message
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- four years in jail for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm
Also note the headline does not mention death, just hit-run.

Was the cyclist killed? The article just says he was injured, and the
driver
would have been charged with dangerous driving causing death and not
just
grievous bodily harm if there was a death involved. Is there more to
this
story?

The tone of the article clearly show where the priorities of the
journalist lie. I don't think his career was that promising though,
with that record of behaviour, he clearly didn't have the ability to
process information and apply it with intelligence. Would have only
been a matter of time before he did something equally stupid.


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Old May 16th 06, 03:53 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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OzCableguy wrote:

Was the cyclist killed? The article just says he was injured, and the driver
would have been charged with dangerous driving causing death and not just
grievous bodily harm if there was a death involved. Is there more to this
story?


Crikey Oz, thanks for pointing out my dreadful assumption. Sorry
everyone!! Notable the article says nothing about the extent of injury.

Donga

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Old May 16th 06, 03:56 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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OzCableguy wrote:
"Donga" wrote in message
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- four years in jail for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm
Also note the headline does not mention death, just hit-run.

Was the cyclist killed? The article just says he was injured, and the driver
would have been charged with dangerous driving causing death and not just
grievous bodily harm if there was a death involved. Is there more to this
story?


Hmmm another good point. Donga's thread says 'Killer' but the headline
is "Drink-driver, 23, jailed for hit-run" What's the go Donga?!?

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Old May 16th 06, 05:46 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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"Donga" wrote in message
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Crikey Oz, thanks for pointing out my dreadful assumption. Sorry
everyone!! Notable the article says nothing about the extent of injury.



I think what throws it off a bit is they publish the victim's full name.
They'd usually only do that if it was a death, but then I think they also do
it when reporting a court case.


 




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