Kerrod Duffy outside the Ipswich courthouse after he was sentenced for one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle.
Kerrod Duffy outside the Ipswich courthouse after he was sentenced for one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle.

Driver rammed ute into car of ex-girlfriend... twice

A BITTER break-up escalated when a man rammed his ute into his ex-girlfriend's car.

Tattooist Kerrod Duffy had arranged to meet with his ex at the Weeroona Hotel in Goodna to collect his belongings.

When he arrived though, the then 20-year-old drove his vehicle into the rear of the girl's Nissan Pulsar.

The victim tried to drive away but Duffy followed her and rammed his ute into the car again.

The second collision resulted in the two vehicles being locked together by their bumpers.

When the girl asked Duffy what he was doing, his response was "you made me do this".

Police were called to the scene and Duffy was charged with one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the crashes took place about 5pm on January 25.

He said Duffy's ex-girlfriend had been upset and "visibly shaken" by the incident.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Duffy had "not thought before he acted" but had taken steps to address his lack of control issues.

Mr Fairclough said his client had no history of violence.

In sentencing, magistrate Barry Cosgrove said Duffy had behaved "like a child".

"You may think you're grown up, you may think you are a big man but big men don't ram their ex-girlfriend's cars," he told Duffy.

Mr Cosgrove said Duffy should take a moment to reflect on the consequences of his "unacceptable" behaviour.

"You've damaged your car, your ex-girlfriend's car and you now find yourself in court for an offence you can be sent to jail for," he said.

"All because you were angry with your ex for some reason. It was fortunate no one was injured."

Duffy was convicted and placed on a nine-month intensive correction order - a community-based punishment in which Duffy must report to a corrective services officer twice a week.

He was disqualified from driving for six months.


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