Victim’s new car

THE victim of a carjacking on Caves Road in September has finally got a new car thanks to the help of a local car dealer.

Phil Rhodes, who was visiting from Perth, was left shaken after giving a young man a lift from Broadwater Shopping Centre on September 3.

After driving along Caves Road the man pulled a shotgun from his backpack and forced Phil from his car.

To complicate matters further, Phil had only had his car for one day, so the insurance, which had been lodged over the weekend, had not been completely approved.

Luckily for Phil, Wesfarmers, after hearing about his ordeal, decided to honor the insurance so he could buy a new car.

While in Busselton dealing with the police, Kerry and Kevin Driscoll at the Seventh Day Adventist campsite and Ray Dowell at the Christian Brethren campsite provided him with accommodation and support.

Ray approached local car dealer Roger Crouch after hearing about Phil’s ordeal to see if there was any way he could help him out.

“Ray brought Phil in to get a good car at a reasonable price, and it went on from there,” Roger said.

In the end Roger set Phil up with a Commodore sedan and knocked a few thousand dollars off the price to boot.

Phil said that after everything that had happened, it was good to know there were still nice people out there.

“It reminded me that people are willing to help you out.

“Everyone has been really great – maybe I should consider moving from Perth down here,” he said.

Busselton detectives have charged a 25-year-old man with aggravated armed robbery, aggravated possession of a firearm and several traffic offences over the incident.

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