Adelaide driving examiner accepted bribes to fund 'hedonistic' lifestyle, court hears

| 07.03,19. 04:27 PM |

Adelaide driving examiner accepted bribes to fund 'hedonistic' lifestyle, court hears

Photo: Jawad Joe Dimachki outside the District Court today. (ABC News: Rebecca Opie)

An Adelaide driving examiner accepted bribes in exchange for licences to fund his "hedonistic" extracurricular activities, the District Court has heard.

Jawad Joe Dimachki, 38, pleaded guilty to multiple corruption offences, including accepting bribes, dishonestly dealing with documents and exercising power to secure benefits.

During a pre-sentencing hearing today, prosecutor Leah O'Donnell called for Dimachki to be jailed, telling the court he had put the lives of road users at risk.

"By issuing those provisional licences in the manner that he did, he has put people who are already at an elevated risk of death or serious injury at a heightened risk," she said.

The court heard Dimachki made $15,750 profit by accepting bribes in exchange for drivers licences between June and September 2017.

Ms O'Donnell said Dimachki spent the money on "hedonistic activities" and "luxury services".

"While the offending was primarily motivated by greed … he also made a number of bad decisions to fuel his increasing expenses," she said.

"He has an expensive extracurricular habit, that for obvious reasons, he needed to fund independently."

Spending on son 'poor excuse'

She called on Judge Michael Boylan to reject the disgraced public officer's claims that he needed the money to support his son who has special needs.

"If that was truly the case … one might assume that rather than spending significant amounts of money on discretionary services for himself he would have actually been stockpiling that money," Ms O'Donnell said.

"He was spending much more money on hedonistic activities than on his son."

Ms O'Donnell said Dimachki's claim that he was spending the money on his son was a "poor excuse" that he had devised after his arrest.

"The vast majority of people deal with life's curve balls without resorting to criminal behaviour," she said.

"The very nature of the hedonistic activities that he was engaged in … show that his family was not in the forefront of his mind.

"In my submission he cannot be sentenced on the basis that he is fully remorseful and contrite."

High pass rate exposed crime

The court heard Dimachki's scheme was exposed when authorities noticed he had an unusually high pass rate for the tests he conducted.

Defence lawyer Noah Redmond said he accepted the seriousness of his client's offending but argued he should receive a lower than usual non-parole period due to his early guilty plea, remorse and family situation.

"Clearly, the offending is very serious and it did have the potential to endanger the lives and safety of other road users," he said.

"In offences of this nature general deterrence is going to loom large … but that does need to be weighed against Mr Dimachki's mental health issues and his good prospects of rehabilitation.

"He is unlikely to reoffend."

Judge Boylan remanded Dimachki on continuing bail to face court again next Friday.


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