John Joseph Taylor will be eligible for parole on August 21 next year.
John Joseph Taylor will be eligible for parole on August 21 next year.

Calls for tougher penalties after cyclist killer jailed

A Queensland law firm has backed calls from the cycling community for tougher penalties after the sentencing of John Joseph Taylor.

The 44-year-old was driving with methamphetamine in his system when he hit and killed Cameron Frewer who was cycling along Caloundra Rd on November 5, 2018.

Taylor was on Friday sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail with parole eligibility after serving 18 months, and his licence was disqualified for three years.

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Cycle Law principal Emily Billiau said the firm supported tough penalties, especially where offences resulted in death.

"This is unfortunately not the end of the road for Cameron's family," Ms Billiau said.

"The police have a very important role in ensuring safety on our roads, but they are limited to enforcing the road rules and initiating criminal proceedings within the confines of these laws.

"Cameron's family has a difficult path ahead of them with financial considerations and the like and may have to turn to other avenues for justice and compensation."

Speaking in court on Friday, Cameron's wife Catherine Frewer said the financial impact of losing her "soulmate" was huge.

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"I'm an early childhood educator who doesn't earn a huge amount," she said.

"To suddenly come to terms with living on one income, paying bills and buying food- it is a struggle.

"I've had to sacrifice things."

 

Catherine Frewer had a picture of her late husband Cameron and their children displayed to the court as she read a victim impact statement.
Catherine Frewer had a picture of her late husband Cameron and their children displayed to the court as she read a victim impact statement.

Taylor cried as he heard of the heartbreaking moment Mrs Frewer had to sell her late husband's treasured motorbike.

Outside court, Mrs Frewer said she still had things she had to sort out but the sentencing had brought some relief for her family.

"I can relax a bit more now knowing this day has happened," she said.

Taylor could be released as early as August 21 next year.


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