Jet ski court sequel for Allansford man

Warrnambool Magistrates Court heard Paul Sheppard, 29, of Cobden-Warrnambool Road, Allansford, had been drinking before he used a jet ski unlicensed on the Curdies River at Curdievale.

Warrnambool Magistrates Court heard Paul Sheppard, 29, of Cobden-Warrnambool Road, Allansford, had been drinking before he used a jet ski unlicensed on the Curdies River at Curdievale.

A JET ski ride on Australia Day has landed an Allansford man in court after he allegedly injured a 12-year-old boy. 

Warrnambool Magistrates Court heard Paul Sheppard, 29, of Cobden-Warrnambool Road, Allansford, had been drinking before he used a jet ski unlicensed on the Curdies River at Curdievale.

The court heard Mr Sheppard attempted to perform a U-turn on a narrow bend in the river when he “clipped” a child riding a rubber tube being towed by an oncoming boat. 

The 12-year-old was flung into the water unconscious and suffered a broken arm and dislocated wrist.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kevin Mullins said the accused was taken to the Port Campbell police station, where he gave a blood-alcohol reading of .07. 

Defence counsel Xavier Farrelly said there was no evidence to suggest his client had been rowdy before the accident and said Mr Sheppard and the victim’s father had been quick to respond to the injured child. 

 The matter was adjourned until Thursday.

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