Drunk student driver who murdered 15-year-old schoolgirl walks free after less than two years in prison
Drunk student driver who killed a 15-year-old schoolgirl when his car turned over and hit a power pole during a 15-hour drinking session without walks after less than two years in prison
- Jade Jaye Sward’s car turned on a pole in Old Beach, Hobart in July 2017
- The crash killed schoolgirl Brianna Waddington while sustaining minor injuries
- He was released on parole after serving half his sentence of three and a half years
- The Parole Board of Tasmania said that Sward had taken responsibility for his actions
An apprentice driver who killed a 15-year-old passenger after a horror-drunk smash was paroled.
Jade Jaye Sward’s car overturned and crashed into a power pylon after losing control while driving in Old Beach, north of Hobart, Tasmania, in July 2017.
The 23-year-old drank 15 hours before the crash, killing school girl Brianna Waddington.
Hobart schoolgirl Brianna Waddington died after Jade Jaye Sward’s car was turned over in a power pylon in Old Beach, north of Hobart, Tasmania, in July 2017.
Sward was released on parole on June 20 after serving a year and nine months of his three-and-a-half-year sentence.
The Parole Board of Tasmania said the man from Gagebrook had taken responsibility for his actions and was working on recovery, The Mercury reported.
“The impact of the applicant’s behavior on the young victim’s family is significant, and the loss of a young life is a devastating event that the family is likely to never fully recover from,” the board said.
“In considering all factors, the Board believes that the applicant demonstrates good prospects for rehabilitation and a willingness to recognize and take responsibility for the consequences of his violation.”
Ms. Waddington died in the crash from blunt trauma while Sward was treated for minor injuries
Sward had been a model prisoner with no internal crimes, with staff noticing his strong work ethic in the many jobs he held during his sentence.
His terms of parole include conducting regular drug and alcohol counseling and therapy services.
Ms. Waddington died of blunt trauma in the smash, while Sward and a 17-year-old male passenger escaped with minor injuries.
She was remembered by her family as “beautiful” and “kind-hearted.”
Mrs. Waddington was remembered by her family as “beautiful” and “kind-hearted”