Appeal court extends Henderson's jail time to 10 years

Michael Henderson
Michael Henderson

THE driver behind the wheel of a car that crashed and killed three teenagers has had his jail term extended.

Michael Daniel Henderson was sentenced to seven and a half years jail, but eligible for parole after two and half years, for driving dangerously and causing the deaths of Brittany Bramwell, 17, Nicholas Saxby, 16, and Matthew Prior, 18, in 2011.

The Attorney-General appealed the sentence this month and argued the jail term was inadequate.

The Court of Appeal agreed and this morning handed down its judgment.

The court ordered Henderson's sentence be increased from seven and a half years to 10 years.

It also declared Henderson's dangerous driving causing death offence a serious violent offence, which means Henderson will have to serve 80% of his jail term.

In reasons published today, Justice Margaret Wilson found in all the circumstances the sentence of seven and a half years "failed to reflect the overall criminality of the respondent's conduct".

Justice Wilson outlined Henderson had been been in a argument with a friend prior to 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.

Justice Wilson wrote in the Court of Appeal judgment Wood pulled off Bertha Street into a side street as Henderson sped past.

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.



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