HAPPIER TIMES: Lynette Raines (left) and Anita Sabidussi enjoy a cooking class at Yandina. A man was jailed yesterday for causing a head-on crash which killed Ms Raines on December 1, 2013.
HAPPIER TIMES: Lynette Raines (left) and Anita Sabidussi enjoy a cooking class at Yandina. A man was jailed yesterday for causing a head-on crash which killed Ms Raines on December 1, 2013. Contributed

Friend’s outrage: ‘Lenient’ sentence for fatal crash driver

A PASSENGER in a crash at Sunrise Beach which killed her best friend is outraged at the sentence given to the man who caused the tragedy.

Anita Sabidussi broke down in tears after learning 44-year-old Bradley Alexander Gordon Young would serve eight months of a two-year prison sentence handed down in Maroochydore District Court yesterday.

Ms Sabidussi had been picked up by mother of four Lynette Raines shortly after 8am on December 1, 2013 and they were driving along David Low Way towards Noosa to go to the markets.

They were only about five minutes into their journey when an oncoming car being driven by Young crossed a turning lane, cleared a concrete median strip and crashed head-on into their vehicle.

Ms Sabidussi was trapped beside her 52-year-old friend, who had been killed instantly.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings said Young had been out drinking for a work function until about 3am that day.

Young also admitted to police he had taken methamphetamine about 10pm the night before.

Traces of alcohol, albeit below the legal limit, as well as methamphetamine were found in Young's system.

Mr Cummings said Young had not had enough sleep and would have been "coming down".

He said lengthy marks on the median strip indicated prolonged inattention.

No victim impact statements were provided but Judge Robertson said it would be unthinkable to expect Ms Raines' family and friends were not deeply affected.

Defence barrister Jason Todman said his client did not remember the crash at all.

Mr Todman said Young had cooperated with police and had shown remorse.

Young had also suffered breaks to his legs which still required surgery.

His wife and 14-month-old child were in the public gallery throughout the hearing.

Judge Robertson noted Young had drink driving convictions in 2010, 2004, 2000 and 1997 that had all been finalised in Noosa Magistrates Court.

They were factors taken into account when sentencing.

Judge Robertson sentenced Young to two years in prison to be suspended for a further two years after eight months in custody.

Young was also disqualified from driving for three years.

His wife broke down in tears as, supported by a crutch, he hobbled away into custody.

Meanwhile, Ms Sabidussi said she was sickened by the sentence.

"It just makes me want to cry.

"He has taken a life, a mother, a best friend," she said.



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