Woman’s tragic tale behind drink driving charge
A mother who blew nearly four times the legal limit broke down in tears while describing the tragic events that led to her drunken crash.
Christina Manirakoze said she was not a heavy drinker but was so overwhelmed by a series of tragic events she turned to the bottle to cope.
Aided by a Kirundi interpreter, she pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence of liquor back in July.
Richlands Magistrates Court was told Manirakoze was driving along Tile St in Wacol at 11pm when she rolled her car.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Robert Fogarty said she appeared shaken but was not injured.
When taken to hospital, Manirakoze recorded a blood-alcohol content reading of 0.177 per cent.
Manirakoze became emotional and sobbed when she described the tragic events that led to her drinking the night of July 5.
"My husband in Africa was involved in an accident, he got his leg amputated," she told the court through her interpreter.
"The son of my sister was killed on that day by thieves, I was overwhelmed by problems and lost sense.
"I need your forgiveness and I promise never to be involved in drink driving ever again."
Magistrate Aaron Simpson convicted and fined her $1000 before disqualifying her for six months.
"You don't strike me as a bad person, just someone who made a bad mistake," Magistrate Simpson told Manirakoze.
"I think she's very genuine, and you did not set out to hurt anybody.
"The problem is, good people can still do it (drink and drive) and it can injure innocent people."
Originally published as Woman's tragic tale behind drink driving charge