Sep 23, 2016 - CROWN CALLS FATAL CRASH 'INEVITABLE' FOR MAN WHO RACKED UP 11 LIFETIME DRIVING BANS IN 40 YEARS: DEFENSE COMPARES HIM TO MARCO MUZZO


Repeat offender ran red light in stolen pickup truck filled with stolen beer kegs, killing Brampton father of three


The man who killed a Brampton father of three while fleeing police in a stolen pickup truck three years ago has a lengthy criminal record  – including 11 lifetime driving bans, a court has heard.

“It’s almost like this day was inevitable,” Assistant Crown Attorney Sean Doyle told Justice Thomas Bielby in listing 58-year-old Ronald McWatters’ convictions that span more than 40 years. “Multiple over 80 (drinking and driving), dangerous driving, 11 lifetime driving bans, fail to remain…”

Doyle asked Bielby to send McWatters to prison for 16 to 18 years, and to delay his probation period in the process.

“There is a need to protect society,” Doyle said. “His incarceration for an extended period of time is in the public interest.”

A life sentence, he told Bielby, “would not be unreasonable.”

McWatters was found guilty of 15 criminal offences this past March, including criminal negligence causing death and leaving the scene of a crash.

McWatters has been in custody since the Sept. 16, 2013 crash that killed George “Stan” Knowles, 61, who was returning home from golfing with his son. Knowles was killed in the multi-vehicle crash on Clark Boulevard. McWatters was driving at double the 50 km/h speed limit on Clark Boulevard in the middle of the day – around 11 a.m. – when he went through a red light at the busy intersection of Bramalea Road and T-boned Knowles’ minivan, hitting it directly on the driver’s door, according to Justice Thomas Bielby’s ruling following a judge-alone trial. McWatters “made no effort to brake,” the judge concluded.

He was driving a stolen pickup truck, with stolen beer kegs in the back, went through at least one red light, and, after causing the six-vehicle crash that killed Knowles, he ran away from the scene on foot, only to be arrested by a police officer who spotted him.

“Had he made good his escape, he may very well never have been brought to justice,” Doyle told court.

Doyle asked McWatters on the stand at his sentencing hearing Thursday what had fueled his life of crime, since he did not have an alcohol or drug addiction.

McWatters said he did not know.

McWatters’ defence attorney, Michael Morse, is asking for a sentence of between eight and 10 years, telling Bielby the degree of “moral blameworthiness” in the case is similar to that of Marco Muzzo, the man convicted of killing three Brampton children and their grandfather while drunk driving.

Bielby will render his decision on sentence on Nov. 10. He said he will take into consideration McWatters’ aboriginal heritage – his mother was aboriginal – in making his decision.

Source: Brampton Guardian


 

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