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‘Brain snap’ gets six months

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September 16, 2017

AN ECHUCA man who smashed into a car after a ‘brain snap’ has been fined and put off the road for six months.

AN ECHUCA man who smashed into a car after a ‘brain snap’ has been fined and put off the road for six months.

Ashley Farrall, 24, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to reckless conduct endangering serious injury.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said Farrall was turning right at the High St-Ogilvie Ave traffic lights on November 7 last year when he slammed on the brakes, making the car behind him swerve and take evasive action to avoid a rear-end collision.

‘‘The accused then deliberately turned right to make contact with the victim’s vehicle ... causing considerable damage to the vehicle,’’ she said.

Snr Constable Hitchens said after a heated exchange between Farrall and the victim, Farrall jumped back into his car and drove off.

The victim’s car sustained $2770 damage, but no-one was injured.

The victim reported the incident to police who interviewed Farrall on January 3.

‘‘The accused made admissions and said he suffers from anger management issues and had a brain snap as he thought the victim was laughing at him,’’ Snr Constable Hitchens said.

‘‘He said he went to Moama police station and reported it ... which was confirmed.’’

Defence lawyer Elricia Schoeman said the victim had tailgated Farrall for about 3km beforehand.

‘‘When he changed lanes, the victim would change lanes,’’ she said.

‘‘Ultimately he thought the victim was laughing at him, when he looked in the rear vision mirror, and he lost his temper.’’

Ms Schoeman said her client was originally from Alice Springs and had moved to Echuca late last year.

A third-year apprentice chef, Farrall had recently gained casual employment at Echuca hospital and would be qualified in January.

During the time of the offence, Ms Schoeman said her client was unemployed and had several stresses in his life.

‘‘After regaining employment, he has started to get his life back on track,’’ she said.

‘‘He has shown remorse.’’

Magistrate Bruce Cottrill said Farrall had made a ‘‘stupid’’ decision, putting himself and others in danger.

‘‘You don’t deserve to hold a licence if you cannot manage your anger because you believe someone is acting in a certain way,’’ he said.

‘‘The appropriate course of action would be to contact police and take down the registration number.

‘‘You’re lucky you’re not facing a more serious charge.’’

Mr Cottrill convicted and fined Farrall $1750, cancelled his licence for six months and ordered him to pay $2770 restitution.

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