Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

97%SLAM DRIVER'S SENTENCE Light Sentence Prompts Rage; Offender Will Be Eligible for Parole after Only 30 Months

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

97%SLAM DRIVER'S SENTENCE Light Sentence Prompts Rage; Offender Will Be Eligible for Parole after Only 30 Months

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Byline: Andrew korner andrew.korner@qt.com.au

QUEENSLAND Times readers have overwhelmingly condemned the sentence handed down to the driver who killed three Ipswich teenagers in a horrific car crash at Goodna.

More than 350 people voted in our online poll yesterday, 97% of whom were opposed to the lenient punishment imposed on Michael Daniel Henderson.

Henderson, 34, was banned from driving and had been drinking when he drove at high speed through two red lights and smashed into a car carrying four Ipswich youngsters on April 8 last year.

But despite killing three teens and fleeing from the scene, Henderson could be freed in February 2015.

He was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, but will be eligible for parole after a mere 30 months behind bars.

As anger over the case mounted yesterday, Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he would approach Director of Public Prosecutions for advice on whether he should launch an appeal.

The Queensland Times has learnt several distraught family members contacted the office of Premier Campbell Newman to ask for action after the sentence was handed down by Judge Sarah Bradley at Ipswich District Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Goodna Councillor Paul Tully also indicated his intentions to write to the Attorney-General.

One of the first to contact the Attorney-General's office on Wednesday was Peter Flack, grandfather of 16-year-old victim Nicholas Saxby.

Mr Flack said he was angered to hear that Henderson had previous driving offences which meant he should not have been on the road that night.

C[pounds sterling]I don't want revenge Co because that won't bring Nick back Co but I am disappointed in the justice system,C[yen] Mr Flack said.

C[pounds sterling]These people have got to be made to pay and we have got to get onto the right people and let them know that this isn't right. …

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