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Maleny Driver jailed
Written by Les Fawkes   
Wednesday, 03 June 2015
Have you noticed the flowers and memorial to a young person who lost his life too early on Stanley River Road,. Maleny in front of the Macadamia Nut Farm.     This accident occurred in May 2014 when a vehicle driven by Joshua Paul Feeney, 21 years of age  crashed into a power pole killing the passenger, Joseph Haynes, 20.

The matter has now come to finalisation in the Magistrates Court, Maroochydore on June 1st when Mr. Feeney pleaded guilty to disqualified driving and drink driving.   He was sentenced to six and a half years jail, eligible for parole in August 2017.     Mr. Feeney’s licence was disqualified permanently.

Mr. Feeney was disqualified from holding a drivers licence at the time of this collision and he had blood-alcohol concentration was 0.21.

He had already been disqualified in the previous February after being convicted of his second drink-driving offence.

Mr. Feeney’s barrister, Ms. Kylie Hillard, said her client was “extremely remorseful” and was the father of two young children, aged two and seven weeks.

District Court Judge Mr. John Robertson indicated that he wanted the sentence to stand as a warning to drivers when he said the accident was “what happens when you drink and then someone decides to get into a motor vehicle and drive.     You will lose your liberty and lose it for a long time.”
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 June 2015 )
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