Drink Driver Unfit For Trial

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Great-grandmother, Helen Higginbotham, was tragically killed in May last year when a car crashed through her bedroom wall in the early hours of the morning. The 92 year old was killed instantly as the car landed on top of her as she slept.

Repeat drink driving offender, John Stein, was almost four times over the legal limit when he drove into the Lexington Gardens retirement village in Springvale where they both lived. Stein was left trapped in the wreckage until fire crews cleared the debris.

Following a traffic infringement in 2010, the 64 year old was disqualified from driving and holds five convictions of drink driving stemming back from 1995. In 2006, he voluntarily had an interlock device fitted in his car, but this was dismantled with a pin code on the night of the incident.

At Victoria Supreme Court last Monday, the jury deemed Stein unfit to trial because of a brain injury suffered from a car crash over 40 years ago. In a special hearing, the defendant was found to have caused the death of Mrs Higginbotham through culpable driving.

Justice Paul Coghlan placed Stein under 10 years of supervision but it is unclear whether this will be in custody. Stein is currently on extended bail and will return to court on July 16th.