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Drug driver in Falkholt crash convictred under alias

  • The man involved in the horror Boxing Day car crash had 183 convictions
  • Craig Whitall went by an alias, and was known to police as Jamie Robert Wilson
  • Between both names he spent years behind bars for a range of serious offences
  • One of his calling cards when breaking and entering was to defecate inside
  • He was involved in the crash which killed three members of the Falkholt family
  • Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt had her life support switched off 

Ben Hill For Daily Mail Australia

Craig Whitall had almost 200 criminal convictions under an alias, it has been revealed

Craig Whitall had almost 200 criminal convictions under an alias, it has been revealed

Craig Whitall had almost 200 criminal convictions under an alias, it has been revealed

The man responsible for a horror car crash which killed the family of Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt had almost 200 criminal convictions under an alias, it has been revealed.

Craig Whitall, 50, crashed his Toyota Prado four-wheel-drive into the Falkholt’s family car while driving home from a methadone clinic on the New South Wales coast, south of Sydney, on Boxing Day. 

Jessica Falkholt remains in a critical condition in hospital after having her life support switched off on Thursday following the crash, which killed her father Lars, mother Vivian and sister Annabelle. 

Before the tragic collision Whitall – who also died in the crash – racked up 183 convictions and spent time in jail under the name Jamie Robert Wilson, the Daily Telegraph reported.

He served five prison sentences, and received a total of 25 driving convictions.

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt (right) is in a critical condition in hospital and had her life support switched off after crash, which killed her father Lars, mother Vivian and sister Annabelle

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt (right) is in a critical condition in hospital and had her life support switched off after crash, which killed her father Lars, mother Vivian and sister Annabelle

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt (right) is in a critical condition in hospital and had her life support switched off after crash, which killed her father Lars, mother Vivian and sister Annabelle

Craig Whitall, 50, crashed his Toyota Prado four-wheel-drive into the Falkholt's family car while driving home from a methadone clinic on the New South Wales coast, south of Sydney, on Boxing Day

Craig Whitall, 50, crashed his Toyota Prado four-wheel-drive into the Falkholt's family car while driving home from a methadone clinic on the New South Wales coast, south of Sydney, on Boxing Day

Craig Whitall, 50, crashed his Toyota Prado four-wheel-drive into the Falkholt’s family car while driving home from a methadone clinic on the New South Wales coast, south of Sydney, on Boxing Day

Before the tragic collision Whitall - who also died in the crash - racked up 183 convictions and spent time in jail under the name Jamie Robert Wilson

Before the tragic collision Whitall - who also died in the crash - racked up 183 convictions and spent time in jail under the name Jamie Robert Wilson

Before the tragic collision Whitall – who also died in the crash – racked up 183 convictions and spent time in jail under the name Jamie Robert Wilson

Under the false name, he was also convicted of 26 counts of break, enter and steal, terrorising home and business owners in his hometown of Ulladulla.

After breaking into premises he liked to leave a calling card, defecating at the scene of his crimes.

A retired police officer said explanation for the act ‘had to be that it gave him some sort of psychological thrill rush’.

‘You can imagine the trauma of having your home broken into and then finding that smeared over the walls.’

After breaking into premises he liked to leave a calling card, defecating at the scene of his crimes

After breaking into premises he liked to leave a calling card, defecating at the scene of his crimes

After breaking into premises he liked to leave a calling card, defecating at the scene of his crimes

Former Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt remains in a critical condition in hospital

Former Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt remains in a critical condition in hospital

Former Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt remains in a critical condition in hospital

As Jamie Wilson, Whitall was convicted of fare evasion, using heroin, dangerous driving, 28 convictions for driving an unregistered or unlicensed car, forgery, breaking domestic violence protection orders, assault and assaulting police.

While in prison he was convicted of fighting, using threatening language, damaging bedding and clothing, faking illness and refusing to provide urine samples for drug tests.

He was tracked by police using his Criminal Name Index number of 2234636, which remained constant despite his name changes as it was matched to his fingerprints.

Mourners at the Falkholts' funeral show their grief while saying farewell to the three victims

Mourners at the Falkholts' funeral show their grief while saying farewell to the three victims

Mourners at the Falkholts’ funeral show their grief while saying farewell to the three victims

His first arrest as Jamie Wilson came in the 1980s for drink driving, driving a defective vehicle and having a smooth tyre.

He appeared at the same court eight days later as Craig Whitall, this time charged with driving without a licence, fraudulently using a licence and attempting to drive after drinking.

As Wilson, he was sentenced to 12 months in prison for assault, and another 12 months in 1999 for assault, resisting arrest and break, enter and steal.

He was jailed for nine months in 2003 for larceny, one week in 2004 for breaking a protection order and later that same year for driving while disqualified. 

As Jamie Wilson, Whitall was convicted of fare evasion, using heroin, dangerous driving, 28 convictions for driving an unregistered or unlicensed car, forgery, breaking domestic violence protection orders, assault and assaulting police

As Jamie Wilson, Whitall was convicted of fare evasion, using heroin, dangerous driving, 28 convictions for driving an unregistered or unlicensed car, forgery, breaking domestic violence protection orders, assault and assaulting police

As Jamie Wilson, Whitall was convicted of fare evasion, using heroin, dangerous driving, 28 convictions for driving an unregistered or unlicensed car, forgery, breaking domestic violence protection orders, assault and assaulting police

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