Man speeds down road with woman hanging out of car
A STRING of crimes, which included using a vehicle as a weapon and driving while a woman hung out the window, has sent a man to prison.
It may have taken about 30 minutes of back-and-forth discussions, but Lee Casey Mathew Deller, 27, did eventually plead guilty to all seven charges he was faced with in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Deller told Magistrate Neil Lavaring that because of his autism, he struggled to understand the specifics of the offences he had committed.
His inability to comprehend the proceedings resulted in Mr Lavaring having to ask him how he pleaded several times.
When prompted, Deller would say, on multiple occasions: "I do but I don't quite agree with the facts".
While reading out details of each offence, Deller consistently interrupted police prosecutor Senior Constable Tina Bland as well, maintaining his claim the facts were wrong.
After this happened two more times, a visibly frustrated Sen Const Bland said she could not proceed if Deller did not accept prosecution's facts.
"Your Honour, you plead guilty to the facts ... If he doesn't agree with them he can't plead guilty," she said.
The court later heard Deller was already on a three-month suspended sentence.
Sen Const said on March 20 at Bargara and on April 13 at Bundaberg Deller drove dangerously and used his vehicle "as a weapon".
On the second occasion, which saw him drive while a woman hung out the window and then ram the car into another vehicle, Deller was taken into custody.
Mr Lavaring gave Deller a head sentence of two years' prison, on top of the activated three month suspended sentence and with parole eligibility after serving 10 months.
Deller's licence was disqualified for a total of three years.