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Shocking end to ‘dangerous’ joyride

Graham William Henningson’s crime spree ended with another man lying on the road with serious fractures and head injuries. Even while the victim lay helpless on the road, Henningson circled back around and narrowly missed bystanders rendering assistance.Henningson, now 19, pleaded guilty at Brisbane District Court on Wednesday to dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and two counts of stealing.The court was told Henningson stole a BMW from a Fortitude Valley address on May 14, 2021.On May 15, he pulled up outside a Bulimba restaurant with a co-accused in the car.Days before, Henningson had stolen fuel from an Acacia Ridge servo without paying.Crown prosecutor Stipe Drinovac said the venue’s owner, Neville Scott, chased after his co-accused allegedly stole a handbag from the restaurant.Mr Scott hung out of the passenger door as Henningson drove off, moving onto the wrong side of the road.After driving 100m, Mr Scott fell and rolled under the BMW’s back wheel.“Scott was unconscious, blood was pooling from his head,” Mr Drinovac said.The court was told Henningson sped off but turned around, driving back towards bystanders attempting to assist Mr Scott on the road.“The defendant swerved at the last minute, narrowly avoiding them all,” Mr Drinovac said.Mr Scott, the restaurant’s owner, suffered serious injuries, including multiple fractures and a rib dislocation.He spent weeks in a moon boot from a fracture to his left leg which would have caused chronic pain and deformity if not treated, the court was told.The Australian Road Safety foundation has launched its annual Fatality Free Friday campaign, urging all Aussie road users to put road safety front of mind in bid to reduce the road toll to zero. In his victim impact statement, Mr Scott said he still had trouble sleeping from the pain in his shoulder and leg.Judge Vicki Loury noted he still had trouble standing up for long periods of time and could not run.“He couldn’t work at all for some period of time and his partner had to give up her job … in order to assist in the running of the restaurant,” she said.“ (Mr Scott) is a man who displayed considerable courage and bravery in the actions he took that night, and he’s left with significant injuries that continue to cause him problems.”The court was told Henningson only held a suspender learner’s licence at the time he was arrested.Judge Loury said Henningson’s driving was not reckless but was instead “deliberately dangerous”.“You must have known there was a man hanging out of the car as you drove 100m down the street, no doubt in a manner intending for him to fall so you could make your getaway,” Judge Loury said.Henningson received a head sentence of three years’ jail, with 279 days spent in pre-sentence custody being declared as time served.He will be eligible for parole in August.Carl Martinovic, Henningson’s barrister, told the court his client was remorseful for the harm he had caused.Mr Martinovic said Henningson had a troubled upbringing, marred by exposure to domestic violence and drug use.The court was told he had been injecting the drug ice in the lead-up to the offending.His co-accused will be sentenced at a later date.

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