Sentencing of Broken Head driver won't heal pain
THE sentencing of a young man whose mates died when the car he was driving crashed is unlikely to bring emotional closure, District Court Judge Colin Charteris told the loved ones of the boys who were killed.
“Regrettably, I can't bring these boys back,” Judge Charteris said from the bench yesterday.
“These boys were much loved and 500 years in prison (for the driver), in the mind of some, is not enough.
“There is a restriction on the remedy a court can deliver for the emotional loss of families and friends. A sentence brings closure of legal proceedings, but it cannot bring closure to the sense of loss for families and friends.
“It is also a terrible thing to have happen to a young man (the driver), who will have to carry this throughout his life.”
The driver pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four counts of dangerous driving occasioning death.
Evidence from the NSW police engineering investigation unit's Snr Const Andrew Daley and tyre expert Carl Veen revealed tyres on the crashed car would have failed a rego check.
Snr Const Daley said three tyres on the car, namely the front tyres and the rear passenger tyre, were worn and not road worthy and would have contributed to the crash.
Mr Veen said the tyres were directional tyres designed to expel water from beneath the tyre.
However, he said the tyres were wrongly fitted and instead would have pumped water back under the tyre causing the car to aquaplane.
Judge Charteris adjourned the hearing until January 28 in Lismore District Court.
Sentence is expected to be handed down on January 30.