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Coronavirus threat sees drunk P-plater Reif Troy Wilson given shorter sentence for WA crash which seriously injured five people

Coronavirus threat sees drunk P-plater Reif Troy Wilson given shorter sentence for WA crash which seriously injured five people

A drunk P-plater who crashed into another car, seriously injuring five people as they returned from a church service, will serve only one year in a West Australian prison because of coronavirus fears.

Reif Troy Wilson, 20, had finished playing a Colts football match and was watching a senior team play when he consumed up to eight vodka and orange juice drinks in May 2018 until he was cut off at the bar.

He then got behind the wheel of his car, overtook a driver by travelling on the wrong side of the road, went through a stop sign, sped up, then overtook another vehicle, the WA District Court heard on Monday.

At one point, Wilson was travelling at 130km/h.

As he tried to turn right, he veered directly into the path of a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction and the two cars collided.

“The driver (of the other car) had no opportunity to avoid the collision,” Judge Laurie Levy said.

One person was trapped in the car while another suffered a perforated bowel, which could have killed him.

Wilson was found guilty of three counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Judge Levy noted Wilson had no memory of the crash and accepted he was remorseful.

He also took into consideration the coronavirus pandemic, which he said would likely have a negative effect on Wilson’s mental health issues.

While the prisons were in lockdown, there were no visitors and there was a heightened sense of fear, Judge Levy said.

“There is also the need for prison authorities to limit interaction between prisoners,” he said.

“I accept that prisoners will suffer further hardship due to the lockdown conditions applied by the prison system.”

Wilson was sentenced to three years in prison but will only have to serve one year behind bars.

The remaining two years will be suspended for 12 months.

He will also be banned from driving for two-and-a-half years.