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Drunk man plowed his car into his mother-in-law’s house while she was sleeping

Drunk man who plowed his car into his mother-in-law’s house while she was asleep before driving the car to his wife is locked up

  • Esmond Jaragba, 31, pleaded guilty to five charges in Darwin’s Supreme Court
  • On December 11, 2019, he drove his car into his mother-in-law’s house, drunk
  • His mother-in-law slept a meter from where the car hit the house
  • He also drove the car to his wife before he went missing and reached the carport instead

A man is locked up because he drove the family car to the front of his mother-in-law’s house before driving to the car with his wife.

Esmond Jaragba, 31, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to five charges in Darwin’s Supreme Court, including recklessly endangering life.

Jaragba had been drinking with his wife on the island of Groote Eylandt, off the coast of the Northern Territory, on December 11, 2019, according to NT News.

31-year-old Esmond Jaragba pleaded guilty on Tuesday to five charges in Darwin's Supreme Court, including jeopardizing reckless living (inventory)

31-year-old Esmond Jaragba pleaded guilty on Tuesday to five charges in Darwin’s Supreme Court, including jeopardizing reckless living (inventory)

Then he got into his car and drove to his in-laws’ house where he burst into their house and into the front bedroom.

Jaragba’s mother-in-law was asleep a meter from the impact point at the time.

He had damaged the masonry and crushed the window frame, the court heard.

Jaragba reversed his car and drove back into the house.

He then started driving to his wife, but he missed her and drove into the carport.

Jaragba got out of the car when a seat was thrown at the car and in retaliation threw a fishing spear at his father-in-law.

He was eventually arrested by the police.

Jaragba had been drinking with his wife on the island of Groote Eylandt, off the coast of the Northern Territory, on December 11, 2019

Jaragba had been drinking with his wife on the island of Groote Eylandt, off the coast of the Northern Territory, on December 11, 2019

Jaragba had been drinking with his wife on the island of Groote Eylandt, off the coast of the Northern Territory, on December 11, 2019

Matt Hubber, Jaragba’s lawyer, told the court, “My client is ashamed of it. He entered a state where he was so drunk that he entered a house.

“It was a quick decision to jump in the car, but Mr. Jaragba has a very blurry memory [of the incident].

“He has received almost complete forgiveness (from the victims).”

Justice Graham Hiley said he considered the rampage an act of domestic violence and sentenced Jaragba to four years in prison.

Jaragba will be released on parole in two years.

What to do if you are at risk of domestic violence

There are a number of services across Australia that you can contact for assistance.

  • The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counseling Line: 1800 737 732, available 24/7
  • Call 000 if you are in immediate danger
  • Relations Australia: 1300364277
  • Lifeline: 13 11 11

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