Adrian John Murray arrives for sentencing at Beenleigh court. Picture: Annette Dew
Adrian John Murray arrives for sentencing at Beenleigh court. Picture: Annette Dew

Christmas night drunk driver jailed for death of Ipswich boy

A MAN who drunkenly hit and killed a child while driving last Christmas has been sentenced to seven years' jail.

Adrian John Murray, 25, sat dejected and emotional in the Beenleigh District Court this morning before Judge Craig Chowdhury.

Murray pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

He was intoxicated at the time.

The victim, nine-year-old Josiah Sisson, died in hospital on December 27 after Murray hit him in his out-of-control Mitsubishi Triton at high speed at Springwood, Logan.

Josiah had been looking at Christmas lights with friends and his older brother at the time.

Murray had been drinking heavily and got behind the wheel of his car despite his friends urging him not to.

He returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.162 per cent.

Murray's lawyer Simon Lewis said the defendant was "deeply and genuinely remorseful".

"He can never atone for what he has done," he said.

Mr Chowdhury acknowledged that Murray had handed himself in to police following the incident.

But Mr Chowdhury said Murray had been so drunk at the time of the crash that he almost stood on critically injured Josiah as he lay on the ground next to his car.

It was revealed that Murray had a criminal history that included multiple speeding offences leading up to Josiah's death.

Prosecutor Dejana Kovac called for eight years' jail.

"(Murray) was staggering (after the crash)," she said.

"He couldn't walk properly. He went back to the car and started it up... He completely ignored the calls not to drive."

Josiah's parents Karl and Bonita Sisson made emotional victim impact statements.

Josiah's teenage brother also made a statement that was read by someone else.

"The death of a child is the biggest fear of a parent. Now this is my reality," Mr Sisson said.

"A car in the hands of a drunk driver is like a gun in the hands of a murderer."

Both parents spoke about the deterioration of their marriage and their decision to close their church following the death.

Mrs Sisson described Josiah as a "spirited and full-of-life little boy".

Both parents said they had suicidal thoughts and felt hatred towards Murray, but had decided to forgive him soon after the crash.

Jordan had become detached from his family and friends and bottles up his emotions, the court heard.

Mr Chowdhury said: "(Murray) was grossly intoxicated... and he was warned not to drive.

"They're all bad, but is a really bad case.

"What was going through your mind I do not know."

Murray will be eligible for parole after two years.

 

Josiah Sisson, 9, had been out looking at Christmas lights with his brother when he was fatally injured.
Josiah Sisson, 9, had been out looking at Christmas lights with his brother when he was fatally injured.


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