A MAN was high on drugs when he killed his former partner in a horrific car rollover in the Mid-North, a court has heard.

Mother-of-two Jasmine White, 28, was found dead at the scene on the outskirts of Kapunda, in the early hours of September 27 last year.

Her former partner, Adam James Cocks, was at the wheel at the time of the crash while under the influence of methamphetamine, the Adelaide Magistrates Court heard on Friday.

Cocks, 34, is accused of having hours earlier assaulted her and her new boyfriend, Matthew Lintern, after storming out of her Kapunda home, 82km north of Adelaide.

Prosecutors allege Cocks hit Ms White to the head while yelling he would “kill her” before striking Mr Lintern, 22, in the temple with a metal bar.

The court has heard allegations that Mr Lintern claims Ms White was murdered before Cocks staged the crash to cover up his crimes, but no murder charges have been laid.

Cocks, of no fixed address, is yet to plead to one aggravated count of death by dangerous driving and two aggravated counts of assault.

A further charge of serious criminal trespass had been dropped, the court heard.

The assault charges will be heard in the magistrates’ jurisdiction, separate from the driving allegations.

He is also charged with driving under disqualification or suspension, which prosecutors say is the aggravating feature in the driving-death charge. His drivers’ licence expired in October 2014, the court heard.

Ms White died from “catastrophic injuries” in a car rollover on Tarlee Rd, 5km west of Kapunda, while Cocks sustained minor injuries, including a dislocated shoulder.

The fatal crash scene. Picture: First on Scene.

The court heard that in November, Cocks was jailed for two months and 10 days for breaching his bail and the conditions of a previous suspended jail term, after he was caught with meth in his system at least four times.

Prosecutor Nick Wong also applied for Cocks’ home detention bail to be revoked after the Supreme Court freed him in October last year.

Mr Wong said Cocks had particularly high levels of drugs in his system, that he had a “disregard for the law” and posed an unacceptable risk to the public because of his driving and pattern of offending.

But Cocks’ lawyer, Nikki Conley, argued he should be granted bail because he was “dealing with the grief of the death of his partner”.

 “He does not have disregard for bail, it is a concerning drug problem which he is trying to address,” she said.

Ms Conley was seeking expert opinion about whether Cocks was influenced by the drugs, telling the court that CCTV from a local petrol station shortly before the crash showed him to be “coherent”.

Magistrate Ian White revoked Cocks’ bail and remanded him in custody after finding he had a “demonstrably poor” attitude to bail and agreeing that prosecutors had legitimate concerns.

“I do find he is a risk to the public should he be released,” he said. He remanded Cocks in custody to face court again next month.

 

 

 

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