Offence: theft and dangerous driving.
Mr Wilkin, a panel beater, received a Ferrari F430 Spider Coupe at his workshop for the purpose of repairing a small crack in the rear bumper bar.
Mr Wilkin drove the vehicle without the owner’s permission and collided with a tree. As a result of the collision, Mr Wilkin and a female passenger suffered serious permanent injuries. The vehicle was damaged beyond repair.
Mr Wilkin pleaded guilty to a charge of theft contrary to section 74 of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) and dangerous driving causing serious injury contrary to s 319(1A) of the same Act.
Her Honour Judge Gaynor sentenced Mr Wilkin to serve a Community Corrections Order for a period of two years and complete 50 hours of unpaid community work. In addition, Mr Wilkin was ordered to undergo mental health treatment and attend judicial monitoring.