NEW: Lawyer sentenced to three years for hitting tourists with car

A corporate lawyer who struck two tourists on West Bay Road with his high-powered sports car after drinking alcohol at a champagne brunch and then fled the scene of the accident was today jailed for three years.

Simon Courtney, 50, was found guilty of reckless driving and causing grievous bodily harm to Richard and Kathy Schubert after a trial last month.

Passing sentence Thursday morning, Justice Malcolm Swift said 71-year-old Mr. Schubert, who broke every bone in his face in the incident,  would be in pain for the rest of his life.

He said Courtney had been impaired by alcohol and had been driving recklessly when he struck the couple with his 2014 Mustang Shelby GT 500 as they walked along the sidewalk near Villas of the Galleon on Jan. 25 last year.

He said the lawyer had fled the scene and spent 12 hours hiding from police to prevent them from taking an accurate blood-alcohol test.

However, he said he was satisfied from the evidence, that Courtney was impaired by drink and had consumed the “best part of a bottle” of champagne during a brunch at The Ritz-Carlton hotel on the day of the accident.

He said Courtney had left his victims lying in the road and then told a “wicked lie” when he claimed in court that he had been the “first responder” to come to their aid.

The judge said Courtney’s repeated denials and refusal to take responsibility had done him “no credit.”

“Whatever may be said about your glittering career in the law, your behavior in this case has been shameful,” the judge said.

Courtney was sentenced to serve a total of three years in prison and banned from driving for five years.


  1. Will be interesting to see what happens on appeal. The sentence seems to come down to the fact that the judge was satisfied he was drink driving even though no evidence existed to this in the trial. While it may seem obvious to everyone that he was impaired after a Ritz brunch a court of law requires evidence. He was smart (although morally reprehensible) for fleeing to avoid a DUI test but again there is no evidence beyond conjecture that that is why he actually left the scene. What’s interesting is the judge said he thought he consumed the better part of a bottle of champagne. While there still doesn’t seem to be evidence of this beyond possible server testimony, 3 or 4 glasses of champagne over 5 hours isn’t enough to legally impair someone.

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