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Killer driver back behind bars after 17th driving crime

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 17/05/2019 13:59:50 Cassandra Bain

One of Perth's worst drivers is back behind bars after adding more convictions to his appalling record.

Killer driver Mitchell Walsh was sentenced to 15 months' jail after being convicted of his 17th disqualified driving offence - adding to his long rap sheet of drink driving and speeding charges spanning over a decade.

The 35-year-old, who ran down and killed 10-year-old cyclist Jess Meehan while three-times the limit in 2003, admitted to driving unlicensed four times in April and May this year.

a group of people posing for the camera: One of Perth's worst drivers, Mitchell Walsh, is back behind bars after being convicted of his 17th driving offence. © 9newsOne of Perth's worst drivers, Mitchell Walsh, is back behind bars after being convicted of his 17th driving offence.

He was banned from driving for five years and fined $800 for two stealing fuel charges.

His defence lawyer claimed the media had "unfairly publicly shamed" his client, adding Walsh had never recovered from his involvement in the crash.

But Magistrate Thomas Hall said he "wasn't doing himself any favours" continuing to break the law and still hadn't learned his lesson.

a group of people standing next to a brick wall: The 35-year-old is the man who ran down and killed 10-year-old cyclist Jess Meehan while three-times the limit in 2003. © 9newsThe 35-year-old is the man who ran down and killed 10-year-old cyclist Jess Meehan while three-times the limit in 2003.

"Your record is atrocious, so you wondering why the media are all over you - if you'd learnt your lesson you'd think you'd have an impeccable record after 2003, but it's the opposite," he said.

a close up of a boy: A Magistrate slammed Walsh's behaviour in court before sentencing him to another jail term, describing his record as 'atrocious'. © SuppliedA Magistrate slammed Walsh's behaviour in court before sentencing him to another jail term, describing his record as 'atrocious'. "This is about your seventh court appearance and if I count the number of offences... your 17th conviction for this offence (driving while suspended)."

Walsh will be eligible for parole in seven and a half months.

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