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Drunk driver jailed after killing motorcyclist

By 26 February 2013 20

ABC news have reported that a repeat drink driving offender received a six year sentence today after hitting and killing a motorcyclist in 2011.

Witnesses said Mr Newton was launched into the air and the injuries he sustained on landing killed him.

The driver was John Kenneth Harvey, 66, who was returning home with a beer in hand from a friends place in Bredbo.

Harvey did not stop to help Mr Newton and drove another 400 metres, crashed through a fence and ended up down an embankment.

When police found him he blew four times over the legal alcohol limit and they discovered he had not held a licence for more than 40 years.

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20 Responses to Drunk driver jailed after killing motorcyclist
#1
Pork Hunt6:35 pm, 26 Feb 13

Six years? I hope there is an appeal by the prosecution.

#2
bundah6:40 pm, 26 Feb 13

Yep the sentence appears to be well within the norm of what one can expect for an offence of this nature.Like i have repeatedly said human life is deemed to be relatively cheap as far as sentencing in this country is concerned.

#3
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd7:35 pm, 26 Feb 13

6 years..

Wait

Let me try to comprehend this..

I can go get drunk, murder a person with my car and get 6 god damn years??? Wtf?

What exactly is a humans life worth that you can end one and get 6 years?

#4
LSWCHP8:12 pm, 26 Feb 13

So that’s what you have to do to get a custodial sentence for this sort of thing? Get wildly pissed and then kill someone while simultaneously driving and drinking, then bolt from the scene of the crime, then crash your car after driving unlicensed for 40 years.

Surely it shouldn’t be that hard. And surely 6 years isn’t enough for something like this.

#5
Ben_Dover8:22 pm, 26 Feb 13

6 years? WTF? Long drop / short rope.

#6
IrishPete8:47 pm, 26 Feb 13

This sentence was handed down in Queanbeyan. Dread to think what it might have been in the ACT – maybe 6 years but mostly suspended, and with a bit served by way of Periodic Detention.

IP

#7
caf8:54 pm, 26 Feb 13

Shouldn’t a similar sentence apply to the same kind of behaviour that through sheer luck doesn’t happen to kill anyone? After all, isn’t the culpability the same regardless of whether you were lucky enough not to kill anyone on this particular occasion?

#8
Dacquiri9:24 pm, 26 Feb 13

This was reported on the same day that the media also reported another drink-driving case: 30-something female downs 2 bottles of wine while waiting to pick up her young daughter from dance lesson, crashes into another car, resulting in serious, ‘life-changing injuries’ for occupant of that car. Claims she drank because she was depressed & her husband was a bad influence (ha! how many of us could lay claim to those things?!?!) Result: she goes into rehab & loses her license for 4yrs. If she’s a good girl, she gets periodic detention & a suspended sentence. If she doesn’t behave herself, she gets 3yrs in jail. This was in the ACT Supreme Court; the bloke who got 6yrs was in Queanbeyan Local Court.
Interesting to note that the panel of people who decide on tv & film classifications are supposed to represent community standards & have specific criteria on which to draw in making their decisions. Can the same be said of those who sentence drink-driving offenders?

#9
gungsuperstar9:37 pm, 26 Feb 13

And yet if the victim were riding a bicycle, many here on the Riot Act would be questioning the sentence and blaming the cyclist.

#10
funbutalsoserious9:44 pm, 26 Feb 13

+1 on a tougher sentencing

#11
Alderney8:39 am, 27 Feb 13

Life is such a fickle thing. Small things like being pulled over at the breath testing station 60 kms before and this wouldn’t have happened. What if Mr Newton just had one last smoke, one last sandwich, one last piss, went a little slower/faster on his journey; this wouldn’t have happened. Hang one, why would it matter what Newton did?

If that unlicensed f@#%$^er wasn’t behind the wheel of a car it would never have happened.

John Kenneth Harvey, you are a discrace. Do us all a favour and neck yourself from a tree in your backyard. Just as long as a little one doesn’t find you.

Ironic that at his next drive driving court appearance he’ll use the excuse that he only did it because he is having trouble dealing with having killed someone.

#12
Ben_Dover8:54 am, 27 Feb 13

gungsuperstar said :

And yet if the victim were riding a bicycle, many here on the Riot Act would be questioning the sentence and blaming the cyclist.

Bollocks.

#13
Thumper9:15 am, 27 Feb 13

gungsuperstar said :

And yet if the victim were riding a bicycle, many here on the Riot Act would be questioning the sentence and blaming the cyclist.

Absolute crap.

#14
bundah9:19 am, 27 Feb 13

gungsuperstar said :

And yet if the victim were riding a bicycle, many here on the Riot Act would be questioning the sentence and blaming the cyclist.

Sarcasm or stupidity?

#15
DrKoresh9:36 am, 27 Feb 13

Pork Hunt said :

Six years? I hope there is an appeal by the prosecution.

In all fairness he is 66 years old. He stands a reasonable chance of serving the life sentence he deserves.

#16
Holden Caulfield9:46 am, 27 Feb 13

He was just waiting for a mate.

#17
what_the9:55 am, 27 Feb 13

This is what shits me about road safety messages by authorities. We get hammered into us the mantra of speed kills, they fine a majority of people for doing <10kmh to supposedly discourage us from speed killing us. Then some piece of crap decides to drink himself stupid, chooses to get behind the wheel of a car, then kills someone, and gets a pissy 6 year sentance and will probably get out in 3. What kind of bs hypocrisy is this?? I've always said that if you want to kill someone in Australia, do it with a car.

#18
what_the10:00 am, 27 Feb 13

gungsuperstar said :

And yet if the victim were riding a bicycle, many here on the Riot Act would be questioning the sentence and blaming the cyclist.

Care to show any examples of where people here have questioned the actions of a cyclist being hit by a drunk driver four times over the limit. We’re all waiting.

#19
Crazyideas7:03 pm, 27 Feb 13

6 years??? Is that all? So what more could this loser have done to get the maximum sentence? I wouldn’t have thought you could get much worse than this guy. A totally inadequate sentence.

#20
bundah7:24 pm, 27 Feb 13

It’s time the ‘speed kills’ signs were replaced with ‘stupidity kills’!

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