Thursday, 13 November 2008

Drink driver jailed for causing death

A Perth man has been sentenced to 3 years and 8 months jail for causing the death of an 11-month-old baby and injuring her mother at their home in Perth.

Grace Moorby was in a pram being pushed by her mother Tania when 25-year-old Benjamin Butler's car ploughed into them in the front yard of their Thornlie home, in Perth's south eastern suburbs.

Butler recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.166 after the crash.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of the child.

During the sentencing Mrs Moorby read a victim impact statement to the court saying she now hates her life and blames herself for not keeping her child safe.

She told the court that she does not hate Butler but that she hates his choices and his actions.

Butler will be eligible for parole in less than 2 years.

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