John Dobbin pleads guilty to impaired causing bodily harm
John Dobbin was in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday for the start of his sentencing hearing. He’s pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm, which stems from an incident on Bell Island last summer. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
The teenage girl flew 12 feet in the air and landed in a ditch when John Dobbin hit her with his car and took off.
The Bell Island man was drunk and later told police he couldn’t remember doing it.
But the 14-year-old won’t soon forget it.
She ended up in hospital with nine staples in her head, a broken foot and numerous cuts and bruises.
During Dobbin’s sentencing hearing in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday, the court heard that the girl still suffers effects from the incident. It happened Aug. 19 last year.
Dobbin had spent hours drinking at Dick’s Lounge. At around 11 p.m., he got behind the wheel and soon after hit the girl, who was walking home with a friend.
Shortly afterwards, he swiped another girl who was walking along the road not far from there. She ended up with an injured elbow.
Dobbin’s car was later found with signs of collision at the Bell Island air strip, where Dobbin’s son, Bradley Dobbin, had reportedly taken it to hide it after the incident.
The younger Dobbin has been charged with mischief by trying to mislead police.
John Dobbin pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm and leaving the scene of an accident. The 42-year-old was also charged with several Highway Traffic Act violations, including having no insurance.
The sentencing hearing is scheduled to continue July 4.
Dobbin is not in custody, having been released from jail on conditions shortly after his arrest.
However, it’s likely he will get jail time for his crimes.
Crown prosecutor Jeff Summers is asking for a two-year prison term, while defence counsel Tim O’Brien is expected to request a year-long sentence.
Judge Lois Skanes is on the bench.