SERIAL road menace Joshua Bonjour has been jailed again for injuring a young female passenger through his appalling driving – with a magistrate telling him he clearly had not learned his lesson from his previous stint behind bars for killing an 18-year-old girl.
Bonjour was on parole and still suspended from driving for his role in the death of Jodie Maree Worthington, who was a pillion passenger on Bonjour’s quad bike when it hit a car on a dirt track in September 2012.
She died of her injuries – and in September, Bonjour’s latest victim Lily Davis was fortunate she did not suffer the same fate, Perth Magistrate’s Court was told.
Ms Davis was a passenger in a car driven by Bonjour when it crashed into a light pole on Roe Highway in Canning Vale.
The court was told on Friday that immediately before the crash Bonjour had been speeding, tailgating other vehicles, flashing his lights and aggressively overtaking.
He ignored Ms Davis’ pleas to slow down before he lost control of his car and slammed into the pole.
With Ms Davis clearly injured, Bonjour fled and went home. When police caught up with him, he was hiding under his bed.
Magistrate Stephen Wilson told him his driving on the night showed “signs that a catastrophe was coming your way”.
His driving record was described as appalling.
In 2012, 18-year-old Ms Worthington was a passenger on a quad bike ridden by Bonjour on sand hills at Lancelin.
At the time of that crash, Bonjour was serving a suspended sentence for a string of driving offences and violent crimes.
He served three-and-a-half years after being found guilty of dangerous driving and had been out of prison for less than a year when he caused the crash that injured Ms Davis.
Bonjour was jailed for 12 months for the most recent crash. The prison term would be served on top of the rest of the sentence he received for causing Ms Worthington’s death.
He was jailed for eight months for diving under suspension, to be served concurrently.
He also received another 30 month driving ban, on top of his existing suspensions.