Sponsored by Used cars
Lifeguard in court charged with running over man on Australian beach

Breaking News

Breaking News

A lifeguard accused of running over a Derbyshire man as he sunbathed on a beach in Australia has appeared in court in Queensland.

Luke Bartlett, 24, made a brief appearance at Southport Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after being charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Chesterfield-born Dominic Francisco, 26, who attended St Mary’s school before travelling to Australia to work, and his Canadian friend Saba Akbarishandiz, 28, were lying on the sand on the iconic Surfers Paradise beach in Queensland when they were allegedly run over by the Gold Coast Lifeguard Service 4WD vehicle.

The pair spent several days in hospital suffering from leg and chest injuries after the incident on December 23.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Bartlett’s lawyer Jason Jacobson said his client was “devastated” by the charges.

He said Mr Bartlett was going to the aid of a collapsed swimmer at the time of the incident.

Mr Bartlett’s case has been adjourned until March 27.

Find It

In association with scoot logo

Looking for...

Featured advertisers


Search for a job


Search for a car


Search for a house

Weather for Bakewell

Sunday 20 April 2014

5 day forecast




Temperature: $weatherItem.minTemp to $weatherItem.maxTemp

Wind Speed: $weatherItem.windSpeed

Wind direction: $weatherItem.windDirection




Temperature: $weatherItem.minTemp to $weatherItem.maxTemp

Wind Speed: $weatherItem.windSpeed

Wind direction: $weatherItem.windDirection

Press Complaints Commission

This website and its associated newspaper adheres to the Press Complaints Commission’s Code of Practice. If you have a complaint about editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then contact the Editor by clicking here.

If you remain dissatisfied with the response provided then you can contact the PCC by clicking here.

Bakewell Today provides news, events and sport features from the Bakewell area. For the best up to date information relating to Bakewell and the surrounding areas visit us at Bakewell Today regularly or bookmark this page.