Brisbane man to serve jail time for fatal hit-and-run

A REDBANK Plains man must serve at least 15 months behind bars for dangerous driving over a fatal hit-and-run in Brisbane.

Judge David Reid said Mark Richard Harley Sweet, 43 at the time, could then apply to serve the remainder of his 3.5 year jail term on parole in the community.

He said Sweet might have fled the scene not knowing the pedestrian he hit, Timothy John Wall, was badly injured or dead.

But Judge Reid said it was likely the reason Sweet did not check the 43-year-old's condition was because he was trying to avoid contact with police.

He said Sweet had a long history of drug addition and related dishonesty offences, as well as 11 speeding convictions, three unlicensed driving offences and a road rage assault on a female motorcylist.

Judge Reid said Sweet was unlicensed when he hit Mr Wall on Old Cleveland Rd at Coorparoo in October, 2010, and the motorcycle he was riding had false plates attached.

He said Sweet had bruising and grazing after he came from the bike but he doubted he had the black-out he claimed.
Wall died in hospital two days later from head injuries sustained in the crash.

Judge Reid said the father's death had a significant effect on his family, especially his nine-year-old daughter who was devastated.

He said Sweet, who attended Ipswich Grammar and Corinda High School, had bad coping mechanisms and little respect for the rights of others.


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