Friday, 1 August 2008

Four years for driving death

A Hobart man has been sentenced to four years jail for dangerous driving which caused the death of his fiance in Tasmania's south earlier this year.

Vaughn Barry Stonehouse was drunk and had drugs in his system when he lost control of a ute at Kingston in February.

37 year old Bronwyn Hayers suffocated after being pinned under a ute at Kingston last February. The Hobart criminal court heard Ms Hayers was flung from the front passenger seat after her fiance Vaughn Stonehouse lost control of the ute.

42-year-old Stonehouse was later found to have a blood alcohol reading of more than 4 times the legal limit.

Justice Shan Tennent said what Stonehouse had taken from the victim's family could never be returned. The court heard Ms Hayers' children were devastated by her mothers death and had become angry and withdrawn.

Stonehouse was sentenced to four years jail with a non-parole period of three years.

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