Electric yacht owner’s life was ‘a nightmare’

Posted September 29, 2018 09:24:00 Electric yacht-owner David Williams was ‘dying from the inside out’ after a fatal car crash in the Gulf of Carpentaria in February 2016, a court has heard.

Mr Williams, who is also a former NRL footballer, was found guilty of dangerous driving and careless driving after the fatal crash.

Mr Justice George Keogh told the Old Bailey on Friday that he was concerned about Mr Williams’ ability to recover from his “terrible loss”.

Mr Williams, 58, was on a three-week break in March 2016 when his electric yacht went into a ditch off a beach in Carpentarla.

He was killed when his motorbike smashed into the car he was travelling in, with his wife and two children inside.

A court heard Mr Williams had an alcohol and drug problem and had been living in a “dangerous environment”.

The trial heard he had a “disordered mental health” disorder, which was not tested by police.

Mr Keogh said the case was not about Mr William’s ability to “grow a new personality”, but was about the “terribly tragic loss” suffered by his wife, who was not in court for the hearing.

“Mr Williams is suffering terribly from the loss of his wife in this tragic and tragic accident, and he has a lot to be ashamed of,” Mr Keogh, QC, said.

Prosecutor James Smith said Mr Williams was “unfit to be a father” and had “failed to respond” to treatment for his mental health.

The court heard he “had a history of drug abuse” and was a “risk” to himself and others.

During the trial, a forensic psychologist told the court Mr Williams “appears to have suffered from an alcohol problem” and the “unusual symptoms” of schizophrenia, which he did not mention.

His wife said Mr William was “living a life of fear and uncertainty”.

“He is living with a history that he has been unable to address,” she said.

Mr Smith said the judge accepted Mr Williams’s history of “ill-advised behaviour”.

He said he was “totally shocked” by Mr Williams decision to “use the car as a weapon” in the fatal car-crash.

On Friday, Mr Williams told the hearing he had spent $50,000 on the “ultimate holiday” in Florida, Florida, when he crashed.

When asked about the $50k, he said: “That’s not my money.”

He had been travelling with a group of friends to the Gulf Coast and had planned to spend another weekend in Florida before returning to Sydney.

Defence lawyer Robert Jones said Mr Williamson had “no remorse” for the accident.

‘Extremely sad’ ‘I’m devastated’ Mr Williams said the incident “made my life a nightmare”.

It was a horrible, terrible thing to have happened and I’m devastated by it.

After the crash, Mr Williamson’s “body was found a few days later” on the beach.

At the time, his wife had asked him to “move on”.

Defences lawyer Michael O’Connell said Mr Gould was “very much at the centre of the prosecution’s case”.

When questioned about Mr Gould’s “lack of remorse”, Mr O’Connors said the trial had been “extraordinary”.

‘Lack of empathy’ Mr OBrien said the “troubling” episode had “very little” to do with Mr Williams.

It had to do, he added, with “an extreme lack of empathy”.

In a statement read to the court, Mr Gould said he had been a “tough, hard-working and loving man” who had lost a “great friend”.

Mr Gould’s lawyer, John McCallum, told the trial the “life of the party” was over. “

(My) actions in that moment were completely out of character, not to mention reckless.”

Mr Gould’s lawyer, John McCallum, told the trial the “life of the party” was over.

”Mr Gould is extremely sad that the case has dragged on for so long.

But he is a very happy, loving man and will always be.

I’m sorry that it has taken so long to get justice for him,” Mr McCallam said.

Mr Gould told the inquest the family would always be grateful to the people of Carpons Bay for supporting him.

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