Drug-addled driver cops longer jail sentence for fatal crash

A state’s highest court has increased a jail sentence handed to aBomaderry drug addict responsible for a horrific car crash that killed an elderly couple and left his own young son a paraplegic.

Jeremy Paul Price, 35, was high on a cocktail of drugs when his Toyota Altis crossed to the wrong side of Bolong Road at Coolangatta and ploughed into an oncoming Holden Barinaon April 24, 2014.

The Barina driver, Bernard Hayden, was killed instantly while his wife, Eileen, died in hospital two days later.

Price’s two-year-old son, who was in the car with his father at the time, permanently lost the use of the lower half of his body.

Price pleaded guilty to dangerous driving charges andwassentenced to six year’s jail, with a non-parole period of four years, byNSW District Court judgeIan McClintock last June.

However, the Crown appealed the decision to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, claiming Judge McClintock’ssentence was “manifestly inadequate”.

Price’s lawyer argued the sentence had been just and reasonable, however appeal judges Fabian Gleeson, Richard Button and Des Fagan ultimately found the original sentence did not reflectthe seriousness of Price’s offending.

The trio increased the overall sentence to eight years and sixmonths and set a new non-parole period of five years and eight months.

“In short, the objective gravity of the offences, and the offender’s moral culpability for them, was profound,” the judges said.

“Two people were killed and one person was gravely disabled for the rest of his life by an intoxicated person who had a very poor driving record.

“The injuries inflicted upon the two-year-old victim were approaching the worst class of case.”

Price will be eligible for parole in July 2020.

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