Woman who allegedly crashed into man granted bail

A WOOMBAH woman who crashed her car into a man and sent him through the wall of a Woombah home has been granted bail.

Sharyn Mitchell, 53, appeared in Grafton Local Court via audio-visual link on Monday to apply for bail over one count of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

Police will allege that following a domestic altercation on December 6 last year, Mitchell got behind the wheel of a Ford sedan, accelerated about 25m across the lawn of an old Woombah Rd address and collided with the 59-year-old victim, who is believed to be known to her.

The impact caused the man to be to be forced through the fibro wall of a house, police said, and the court heard on Monday that tests had revealed there was no mechanical defect to the vehicle she was driving.

The crown opposed the bail application on the basis of the seriousness of the charge, strong prosecution case and concern for the safety of the victim, who recently had to undergo a hip replacement as a result of his injuries, which also included a leg fracture and lacerations.

Mitchell's record also showed she had failed to appear in court 16 times, and previously had conviction warrants against her name, three for drug matters.

The accused looked downward and played with a string of plastic rosary beads around her neck as the defence said she did admit to having a "big problem with heroin" in the past but had been on the methadone program for three years.

Magistrate Robyn Denes ruled that the concerns could be mitigated if Mitchell was to reside with her 75-year-old mother at a Sydney address and report to Liverpool police station every day.

A $2000 security bond was also accepted by the courts, and a further condition was made to allow random drug and alcohol testing by police.



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