Gordin Ivo Barron
From the Daily News November 3 2004
Man adds to tally of drink-drive offences with Manutahi crash. The man who crashed his car into a Manutahi antique shop, injuring two bystanders, was convicted of his 19th drink drive offense when he appeared in the Hawera District Court yesterday.
Gordin Ivo Barron (55), of Wanganui, had a blood alcohol level of 268mg - more than three times the legal limit - when he failed to take the corner on October 8. Barron was also convicted on his 11th driving while disqualified offence, and driving a stolen vehicle.
Judge Greg Ross sent Barron to prison for three years and three months. Police Prosecutor Mark Wilton said that from the police point of view the offending could not get much worse. "The defendent was grossly drunk, he was driving a stolen car, he was disqualified at the time, and he showed driver fault." he said." He caused injury to two people, and one of them was trapped under the vehicle."
Defense counsel Chester Borrows said Barron recognised he had a problem and needed help. He is a contrite person who realises he is not in a position to ask for leniancy," he said. Judge Ross said Barron had known for a long time that he had a drinking problem. "one wonders why he hasn't got help before now," he said."It was merely good fortune that his victims were not more seriously hurt." "This must come close to being one of the worst cases of its kind." Judge Ross did not order Barron to make emotional harm reparation to the victims. "You obviously do not have the means to do so, and it would be setting them up for failed expectations, " he said.
Note that in reality it appears the offender was far from contrite - he was in fact "utterly defiant"
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Drove into a couple, Seriously injuring them while drink driving in a stolen car in Manutahi in October 2004
18 previous drink driving convictions, plus 11 incidences of his driving while disqualified
Sentenced to just 3 years 3 months in November 2004
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