‘Runaway groom’ speeds in stolen Porsche
A "runaway groom" who made headlines when he skipped bail after his wedding, sparking a massive manhunt, is in trouble again.
Murat Shomshe, 38, reached speeds of over 230 km/hr in a stolen $300,000 Porsche in Melbourne's west, the County Court of Victoria heard on Thursday.
The court heard a white 2017 Porsche was stolen from a Templestowe residence on New Year's Eve 2018 and was next seen in Hoppers Crossing being driven by Shomshe five days later.
Police followed him in an unmarked car but lost sight of him.
The Porsche was seen again about 2am by officers in an Air Wing helicopter, prosecutor Zubin Menon said.
The court heard the extreme speeds were reached when he was travelling from Laverton North to Deer Park on Ballarat Road.
He had two ziplock bags of ice and two Diazepam pills on him when apprehended, Mr Menon said.
Shomshe made headlines in 2015 as the "runaway groom" who told a court he needed bail to attend his wedding, and then went on the run for a week after the ceremony - before police caught up with him.
Judge Kevin Doyle said it had been put to the court that Shomshe hadn't stolen the car, it had only been given to him to work on through his job as a mechanic.
"That it is a very rosy picture of this offence," he said.
"The speeds you reached in this offending were extreme.
"You showed a complete disregard for other road users who happened to be anywhere near you in the early hours of the morning."
He said there was no evidence in the police footage Shomshe was "not in control of the vehicle" on his joyride but it was still an "inherently dangerous activity."
"As an example of appalling driving, it is hard to top," he said.
He said Shomshe, who has a partner and two children, had not held a drivers licence since 2009 and had a significant criminal history including various driving-related offences.
Shomshe is currently serving a prison sentence for a previous crime and was on a community corrections order at the time of his joyride.
He had pleaded guilty to conduct endangering persons, theft and possess a drug of dependence.
He was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment and has already served more than 13 months.
Originally published as 'Runaway groom' speeds in stolen Porsche