Analysis and Comprehension – Case summaries
Killer driver walks
• Paul Joseph Thomas D’Arrigo, 32 was speeding 100km/h – 150km/h down Wickham St when he crashed into a car driven by 82-year-old Rita Balin as she came out from a side street and killed her.
• D’Arrigo was found guilty by a District Court jury of dangerous driving causing death. Judge Ian Wylie sentenced D’Arrigo to three years’ jail wholly suspended.
• D’Arrigo had a shock driving history. The prosecution had asked for four years’ jail with no recommendation but Judge Ian Wylie imposed such a lenient sentence because D’Arrigo was the sole carer for his 16-month-old daughter and her mother’s whereabouts was unknown.
Attempted rape on woman, 85
• Solomon Donaldson, 24, a burglar who broke in to a house and attempted to rape an 85-year-old woman in her own home.
• Solomon Donaldson appeared before District Court Judge Bob Pack for sentencing for the attempted rape on an 85-year-old woman and one count of breaking and entering. He was sentenced to 5 years in jail, ordering that Donaldson be released after two years, the remainder suspended for five years because he had already been behind bars for 22 months.
• He pleaded guilty. Donaldson had criminal history which involved property offences but had nothing in his background concerning sexual offending. Donaldson’s defence counsel handed up a psychiatric report which concluded that Donaldson had an IQ so low that he was regarded as being on borderline of being mentally retarded.
Crime spree youth jailed
• Trio of youths that were responsible for a yearlong crime spree Townsville in 2002 were caught.
• Out of the three trio’s that were sentenced to 15-months jail in the Townsville district court by judge Bob Pack was 18-years-old when he was arrested but, he was still under 18 during the crimes so they can’t be named. The prisoner already served 62 days in pre-sentence custody and...