Fatal crash driver sentenced

A CONVICTED drug affected driver, who caused a fatal crash north of Coffs Harbour, has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Clayton Perkins, 41, of Whiporie, was sentenced in the Coffs Harbour Local Court on Tuesday following a trial at the Lismore Local Court where he was found guilty of dangerously operating a vehicle causing death.

On December 29, 2012, Perkins was driving a Mazda Tabletop along the Bungawalbin-Whiporie Rd when he failed to give way at the intersection of Summerland Way.

Perkins crashed into a motorcycle travelling northbound on Summerland Way, killing the 61-year-old motorcyclist.

The victim, Clarenza resident Peter Newbold, the former president of the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, died at the scene.

Drug testing saw Perkins return a reading of 0.18 mg/L for the use of methamphetamine.

Judge L. Wells sentenced Perkins to three years imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of two years.

Perkins is disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for five years.



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