Drink driver gets jail for killing mate in car crash
JOSHUA Paul Feeney will spend at least 26 months in jail for driving after a day of binge drinking and then crashing into a telephone pole, killing his passenger, Joseph Haynes.
The impact of the crash on Maleny Stanley River Road was so hard, it sliced Mr Feeney's Commodore in two.
Mr Feeney's licence had been disqualified at the time of the incident as he had been caught and charged with a drink driving offence only three months earlier.
Judge John Robertson told the Maroochydore District Court this case was an example of what happened when youths went on binge drinking sprees.
"If ever there was an example case which demonstrated the awful consequences which can follow what appears to be a regular behavioural pattern among young men of binge drinking to excess, its' this one," he said.
"You spent the day drinking with your friend. You were drinking rum. Your blood alcohol level was 0.21, which is criminally irresponsible to the extreme.
"Your friend was also extremely intoxicated, the collision was at 7.20pm and the force of the impact of telegraph pole was such your vehicle was cut in half"
Judge Robertson took into account Mr Feeney's early guilty plea, but did not accept his lawyer, K Hillard's argument, Mr Feeney should only serve 18 months of a maximum five year sentence.
Judge Robertson sentenced Mr Feeney to six-and-a-half year's jail, suspended after one/third of the sentence had been served, making him eligible for parole on August 1, 2017.
Mr Haynes mother, Donna and sisters, Michelle and Cindy were in court and thanked Judge Robertson for sentencing the man who killed their son to jail.
Ms Haynes said she wished the sentence had been longer.