A decorated Coast Guard commodore who ran down a man with his car because he was fed up with a go-kart buzzing up and down his street has been given an 18-month suspended sentence.
Kenneth Albert Stanley, 67, pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court on Tuesday to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.
The court was told Stanley did not mean to hit victim Bruce Pinkerton, who was left with a broken leg after the incident on July 1, 2017, in Upper Coomera.
It stemmed from a neighbourhood dispute when Stanley became frustrated by the noise of the go-kart outside his home at 9.30pm.
He and his wife yelled for the noise to stop before Stanley got in a car and drove down the street, stopping outside the home of the victim’s friend.