Crash accused to return to Bunbury Magistrates Court on April 29

Crash accused to return

A man allegedly involved in a police pursuit on Easter Sunday last year was in court again last week hoping to get some of the charges 'over and done with'.

Christopher Bekkers appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court, via video link from Bunbury Regional Prison, on April 4.

Mr Bekkers has been charged with being a driver and failing to ensure each victim involved in an incident had received assistance, being a driver in an incident and failing to stop immediately, driving while impaired by drugs, driving with a suspended licence, driving without ever holding a licence, possessing methamphetamine, possessing drug paraphernalia, possessing stolen/unlawfully obtained property, and stealing a motor vehicle.

He was also charged with two counts of driving and failing to comply with a direction to stop, and two of reckless driving to escape pursuit by police.

The accused told the court he was looking to admit to some of the charges and plead not guilty to others. 

While being questioned by Magistrate Evan Shackleton, Mr Bekkers said he wanted to "get it over and done with" and plead to some of the charges.

Mr Shackleton advised Mr Bekkers to seek legal advice before his next appearance. 

Mr Bekkers will return to court via video link on April 29 and hopes to have a bail application by then. 

In a separate hearing, a man pleaded guilty to multiple offences, including aggravated burglary and trespassing.

Jeremy William Duff faced court on Thursday charged with breaching bail (failing to appear), breach of bail, criminal damage/destruction of property, stealing, aggravated burglary, and trespassing. 

Police prosecutor Sergeant Karl Rep told the court Duff broke into Harvey Hospital in the early hours of March 13, 2018.

Duff and a co-accused stole numerous items from the kitchen.

Staff members took photos of the pair as they fled the premises. 

Duff and a co-accused broke into a Jayco caravan, situated at a residence in Ellenbrook, on March 1, 2018. 

Upon noticing the broken lock, the caravan's owner found Duff and the co-accused inside. 

The pair then fled before the owner reported the incident to police. Police later identified Duff's DNA. 

Duff's defence counsel, Derek Hunter, said his client had a limited recollection of events - primarily due to fatigue and hunger. 

A pre-sentence report, provided for Magistrate Evan Shackleton, revealed that Duff has spent a significant amount of time behind bars. 

Mr Shackleton congratulated Duff for working to improve things for himself and his family. 

Duff was given a seven month term of imprisonment suspended for one year, along with a $1000 fine.

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