A $2000 fine and scolding in court for a Heyfield couple

A HEYFIELD man was convicted and fined $2000 for dangerous driving after an incident in July last year.

Jarrod Schembri was driving with his partner and two children in his car when he spotted the victim’s car on the Heyfield-Rosedale Rd, and veered into the oncoming lane, forcing the victim to swerve.

Later that evening, Schembri and his partner were driving and saw the victim’s car again, and chased it across Heyfield, flashing their lights.

Following the car to a gravel track, Schembri hit the victim’s car, causing it to spin out 180 degrees.

He returned home, and his partner phoned police to report a collision.

She claimed she was the driver and sole occupant, and the victim had her hit her car.

The defence said there were “significant issues” about what happened, with “credibility issues and inconsistencies”.

Magistrate David Starvaggi was unmoved.

“This was a stupid act of the highest order — you could have killed someone, or yourself,” he said.

The man’s partner escaped a conviction for misleading police, and was given a 12-month adjourned undertaking.

“This was a monumentally stupid thing for you to do,” Magistrate Starvaggi told her. “It’s the sort of thing that could see you go to jail.”

A STRATFORD man was convicted and ordered to complete 120 hours of community service, following a fight at a licensed venue in Sale last year.

Christopher Willis, 34, pleaded guilty and was given a 12-month community corrections order at the Sale Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

He has since enrolled in an anger management course.

Magistrate David Starvaggi noted it was his third unlawful assault charge.

“You need to keep your head down,” he warned Mr Willis.