Mum lashes out at short jail term for man who killed son

THE mother of a Kin Kin man killed in a car crash has hit out at the sentence handed to the man who was behind the wheel.

Dylan Radburn, 19, died when he was thrown from a utility being driven by Keegan Dean Stewart on Gympie-Kin Kin Rd on November 7 last year.

In Maroochydore District Court this month, Stewart, 22, pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.

He was sentenced to four years jail, suspended after one year.

Stewart was a provisional licence holder and recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.136.

The crash occurred when Stewart attempted to move to the side of the road to give a wide berth to an approaching army convoy. Stewart lost control of the car and it rolled into a dam.

Dylan's mother Amanda Jackson said she was heartbroken as a result of her son's death and described Stewart's sentence as "a joke".

"I can't believe he killed my son and all he gets is a year," Ms Jackson said.

Dylan's father and stepmother supported Stewart at his court appearance. However, Ms Jackson said she and her side of the family were still angry.

Stewart had appeared before a New South Wales court in 2009 for negligent driving while under the influence of liquor.

Ms Jackson, who lives in Broken Hill in western NSW, said his sentence was far too lenient.

"He'd been charged before. This wasn't his first offence," Ms Jackson said.

At the time of his death Mr Radburn had been working at a Kin Kin hotel.

Ms Jackson said she had not seen her son for about a year but had asked him to move to NSW to be closer to her.

"I wanted him to come back, but he wanted to stick out his job," she said.

"He was living in a townhouse and he didn't want to just up and bolt.

"I wanted him to come back to Broken Hill but he said he had a job to finish.

"That was him, he was a hard worker."

Ms Jackson said she hoped other young people learnt a lesson about the dangers of drinking from her son's death.

She described Dylan as the light of her life and a gentle soul.

"He was my sunshine," she said.

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