Bike death driver s plea brings relief
Giles Graham (23) leaves the Perth Magistrates court after appearing over charges relating to the death of Carli Rustand, 24. Picture: Biill Hatto/The West Australian

The parents of a young woman killed in a motorcycle crash say they are relieved the driver of the bike has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing their daughter's death.

Carli Rustand, 24, was a passenger on a Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Giles Nelson Graham which crashed on Riverside Drive on March 4.

Graham appeared in the Perth Magistrate's Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and excess 0.08.

Carli's parents Terri and Alan Rustand had lobbied for charges against Graham to be upgraded after he initially was charged with reckless driving over the crash.

"We're relieved that at long last that justice has been served... that Giles Graham has now admitted his guilt that he was responsible for the reckless actions that killed our daughter," Mrs Rustand said outside court this morning.

"We would like that he would show remorse because as yet he hasn't apologised."

When asked whether they hoped to see Graham jailed, Mrs Rustand said: "We're not looking for that".

"I realise that he has to live with this and it's going to be very difficult for him and his family but at least they have Giles," Mrs Rustand said. "We don't have Carli anymore and she will always leave a huge hole in our lives and she was such a wonderful girl."

Alan and Terri Rustand, whose daughter Carli was killed in a motorcycle crash, say justice has been served but they regret drunk driver Giles Graham has not expressed remorse. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian


The court was told Graham had a blood alcohol reading of 0.107 and was estimated to have been driving more than 20km/h over the speed limit before the crash.

An analysis of his blood alcohol reading indicated his driving would have been impaired and there was an increased risk of an accident,Prosecutor Brent Meertens told the court.

Mr Meertens said Graham had mounted a kerb on Riverside Drive near the Narrows Bridge and the motorcycle had collided with several sign posts.

Ms Rustand died from her injuries at the scene of the crash.

Major Crash detectives estimated the motorcycle had been travelling at speeds of between 81km/h and 116km/h, the court was told.

Before the crash, Graham and Ms Rustand were captured on CCTV footage on Barrack Street, near the Bell Tower, with experts estimating the motorbike was travelling at a speed of between 114km/h and 131km/h.

Mrs Rustand said the family was initially told that there was not enough evidence to charge Graham with dangerous driving causing death. She thanked police for reinvestigating.

"We would like to thank our family and friends for their support and have helped us get justice. I want everyone to realise that if they're not happy with what's happening, you must keep pushing for justice," Mrs Rustand said.

Mrs Rustand said it was concerning that Graham would legally be allowed to continue driving until he is sentenced on January 11.

Outside court, Graham said he had written the Rustand family a letter, but declined to comment further.

The West Australian

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