Seven year prison term for road death
August 12, 2015 1:14 am
A twenty-eight-year old accountant has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for causing the death of an Australian woman in a road accident in Nasinu in May 2013.
Jessica Jasmine Hill was drunk on the night in question and was driving recklessly along Nokonoko Road in Nasinu.
The Suva High Court heard Hill’s car veered onto the opposite lane and hit another vehicle driven by Sereana Pratap of Brisbane.
Pratap and her four teenaged passengers were rushed to Colonial War Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
The students who were Pratap’s family members suffered injuries.
The court heard Hill refused to take a breathalyser test when asked by police officers on the night of the accident.
Suva High Court Judge, Justice Salesi Temo said Hill’s recklessness deprived a family of a wife and a mother.
He said the victim’s family is today paying for Hill’s crime and she is not to complain if a harsh sentence is delivered.
Justice Temo said the degree of violence involved in the crime was high thus a harsh sentence ought to be delivered.
He says the sentence is also a warning to all drivers on the roads who drive recklessly and have no respect for a life.