Appeal on sentence over three killed at Goodna dismissed
THE High Court has dismissed an appeal to reduce the sentence served to a driver whose actions killed three teenagers at Goodna.
Michael Daniel Henderson was originally sentenced to seven and a half years jail in the Ipswich District Court for driving dangerously and causing the deaths of Brittany Bramwell, 17, Nicholas Saxby, 16, and Matthew Prior, 18, in 2011.
He would have been eligible for parole after two and half years but the Attorney-General appealed the sentence, arguing the jail term was manifestly inadequate.
The Queensland Court of Appeal agreed in March and increased the sentence to 10 years.
The court also declared Henderson's dangerous driving a serious violent offence, which means he must serve 80% of the jail term.
Barrister John Allen argued in Brisbane, through video link with the High Court in Canberra, on Friday that the Queensland appeal court should not have interfered with the original sentence.
He sought leave to appeal the Queensland appeal decision but the High Court rejected the application saying no error occurred.
The justices found the Queensland appeal court's finding that seven and a half years did not reflect the overall criminality of Henderson's conduct was justified.
Henderson had been in an argument with a friend before the crash on April 8, 2011.
The friend, Adrian Wood, had confronted Henderson about the treatment of his sister.
Mr Wood got into his car and fled while Henderson gave chase in his Toyota Hilux.
Henderson ran two red lights and t-boned the teenagers' Mitsubishi Lancer near the Bertha Street and Brisbane Road intersection at Goodna.
The teenage driver, Alex Gill, sustained six fractured ribs and a punctured lung but survived.
His three passengers, Brittany, Nicholas and Matthew, died.
Henderson fled the crash scene but was later arrested.