A drunk P-plater who crashed into another car, seriously injuring five people as they returned from a church service near Mandurah, will serve only one year in a West Australian prison because of Coronavirus fears.
Reif Troy Wilson, 20, was watching a senior football game, after he finished playing a Colts match, when he consumed up to eight vodka and orange juice drinks in May 2018, before he was cut off at the bar, according to AAP.
Wilson then got behind the wheel of a Nissan Patrol, overtook a driver by travelling on the wrong side of the road and went through a stop sign while reaching speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour the WA District Court heard on Monday.
As he tried to turn right, he veered directly into the path of a hatchback travelling in the opposite direction and the two cars collided on Pinjarra Road in Ravenswood.
“The driver (of the other car) had no opportunity to avoid the collision,” Judge Laurie Levy said.
One person was trapped in the car while another suffered a perforated bowel, which could have killed him.
Wilson was found guilty of three counts of dangerous driving, causing grievous bodily harm and two counts of dangerous driving, causing bodily harm.
Judge Levy noted Wilson had no memory of the crash and accepted he was remorseful.
He also took into consideration the coronavirus pandemic, which he said would likely have a negative effect on Wilson’s mental health issues.
While the prisons were in lockdown, there were no visitors and there was a heightened sense of fear, Judge Levy said.
“There is also the need for prison authorities to limit interaction between prisoners,” he said.
“I accept that prisoners will suffer further hardship due to the lockdown conditions applied by the prison system.”
Wilson was sentenced to three years in prison but will only serve one year behind bars.
The remaining two years will be suspended for 12 months.
He will also be banned from driving for two-and-a-half years.
AAP (Australian Associated Press).