I found out my son could be a murderer . . .
ON MARCH 14 a Blackwater miner found out his son was charged with murder.
The miner then got in his car, drove while drunk and so erratically that a car was hit three times from behind while trying to cross the Vince Lester Bridge in Emerald.
John Heney Bromley faced the Emerald Magistrates Court on one charge of drink driving and one charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle.
He pleaded guilty and, when given a chance to speak, told Magistrate Roger Stark his story.
"My life went from probably the best it has ever been to the worst," Bromley said.
"I had about five or six (drinks) at home and decided to give my sister a call.
"My son had actually killed his partner, our daughter-in-law, the day before and had been charged with murder in New Zealand."
Bromley's Emerald charges came about after he heard the news from his sister.
He said he got into his car without thinking, with a "one-track mind".
"To get to my long-term girlfriend, my son's mother, before her crib (meal) break," Bromley said.
At 3.50pm Bromley was seen driving erratically over the bridge, swerving from side to side trying to overtake a ute in front of him, which he then hit three times in attempts to overtake.
Police caught up with Bromley at his house at 4.23pm.
He admitted he had been driving and recorded a BAC of 0.101%.
With no previous traffic history of a like nature, Bromley said his actions stemmed purely from the news about his son.
"He's 22, he's in university," Bromley said.
"If there's such a thing as temporary insanity, this was it.
"He's in Whanganui prison because he's a suicide risk. I was in a very bad way."
Magistrate Roger Stark said it was clear that Bromley had "received traumatic news".
"That explains your behaviour, but it does not excuse it," Mr Stark said.
Bromley was fined $1500, disqualified from driving for a total of 10 months and did not have a conviction recorded.
New Zealand media reported that Bromley's son, Jesse John Stuart Ferris-Bromley, pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering Virginia Ford.
Ferris-Bromley was remanded in custody.