Harsher sentence sought in crash case

PROSECUTORS have announced they will seek a harsher sentence for a man who caused the death of a Byron Bay man in a crash last year.

Shane Richard Millwood, 27, was jailed on July 26 to serve a minimum four years over a car crash at Bangalow Road, Byron Bay, last year that killed 20-year-old Ben Donohoe and badly injured Mr Donohoe’s friend, Dylan Garft.

Millwood pleaded guilty to aggravated dangerous driving causing death and aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievious bodily harm.

The court had heard Millwood, who was on a provisional licence, gave a blood alcohol reading of 0.176 after the crash. He had been driving about double the speed limit when the crash happened just past the junction of Old Bangalow Road and had hit a tree so hard a passing taxi driver reported seeing the car’s engine flying through the air. He was also later found to have had cannabis in his system when the car crashed.

Millwood had faced a maximum sentence of 14 years, but Judge James Black in the Lismore District Court sentenced him to five years with a minimum non-parole period of four years.



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