View Full Version : At last some justice

11-24-2004, 10:37 PM
Driver jailed 10 years for freeway death

November 25, 2004 - 12:18PM

An unlicensed driver who killed a motorcyclist while high on a cocktail of drugs and driving on the wrong side of a Victorian freeway has been given a 10 year jail sentence.

Jeffrey Allan Dobbin, 31, of Reservoir, was given a minimum eight year jail term after pleading guilty to eight charges, including culpable driving causing death, theft of a car, and aggravated burglary.

The Victoria County Court was told Dobbin drove a stolen car the wrong way down the Princes Freeway and swerved in front of a motorbike on April 16 this year.

Nicole Knox-Smith, a 29-year-old Origin Energy employee, was killed instantly in the morning peak hour collision, south west of Melbourne, near Hoppers Crossing.

The court was told Dobbin started a two day crime spree the day before the fatal collision after a Family Court decision removed his eight-year-old daughter from his care.

He consumed a cocktail of drugs, including heroin, some rock heroin, 10 tablets each of codeine and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

He then stole two cars, property from homes and prompted a police chase which was abandoned because of Dobbin's dangerous driving.

Judge Jim Duggan said it was hard to imagine a "worse case of culpable driving".

He said Dobbin had never held a licence.

His extensive criminal record included numerous driving offences and Dobbin had spent five of the last seven years in custody.

He said the only mitigating factor was that Dobbin had pleaded guilty and showed remorse.


11-24-2004, 11:45 PM
:mad: :gunner:

11-25-2004, 05:18 AM
Well at least he isn't out on bail still driving to work like the last drunk that killed a motorcyclist .... but I get your point.

11-25-2004, 05:45 PM
Gee, I wonder why they removed his daughter from his care ?? :rolleyes:

11-26-2004, 06:54 PM
8 to 10. IMHO not nearly enough, but better than nothing. Now we all have to pay for his upkeep/ rehabilitation. .22 bullets cost what ? about a buck ? Cheers , Ross.

11-26-2004, 07:10 PM
Only ten:mad: crap