Fine for failing to own up

COLIN BARNHAM just shrugged his shoulders then got back into his ute and drove away - unaware his bingle with a parked car as he tried to reverse park in a Lismore street had been witnessed by an interested observer.

But justice and the repair bill have caught up with the 45-year-old Mullumbimby farmer.

He pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court on Tuesday to a charge of failing to give his particulars to the other driver after the collision on February 3 this year.

Barnham did not leave his name or a contact phone number for the owner of the damaged Toyota, despite it receiving a smashed light during his parking manoeuvre that went bad in Woodlark Street at 12.35pm.

Defence lawyer Tony Mannering said his client was involved in a slight collision with the parked car and failed to supply his particulars, but two months later received a bill for $99 to pay for the damaged tail light.

“He pays the account, then four months later he receives a traffic infringement notice,” Mr Mannering told the court.

Mr Mannering said Barnham had previous driving offences on his record, including three speed camera offences from the St Helena Hill speed camera, and for using his mobile phone when driving.

Magistrate Michael Dakin accepted it was a minor accident, but said it was 'one of the more irritating expenses a driver can have' when they returned to their parked vehicle only to find it damaged.

He found the matter proven, with Barnham to pay the $243 police infringement notice.



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