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Driver fined and banned after hitting motorcyclist at junction

A 51-year-old man was banned from the roads for two years and hit with a $2,000 fine after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm by careless driving.

Magistrates’ Court heard that Paul DeCouto was driving a car on Stowe Hill, Paget as a motorcycle travelled along The Lane.

DeCouto stopped at the junction of the two roads before he pulled out of Stowe Hill to head east on The Lane.

But the front of his car smashed into the moving motorcycle.

The motorcyclist suffered several fractures to one leg and an injury to the heel.

DeCouto was uninjured, although both vehicles were damaged in the incident, which happened on July 8 last year.

DeCouto, from Paget, apologised and told the court: “It was my mistake. I fully take responsibility.”

An early guilty plea shaved $1,000 off the maximum penalty for the offence, but the two year ban is mandatory for the offence.

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