Australia Drug-addict dad jailed over car crash that killed 14-month-old daughter

18:57  10 may  2017
18:57  10 may  2017 Source:   ABC News

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An Adelaide father who was addicted to methylamphetamine when he veered his van onto the wrong side of the road into a Stobie pole, killing his young daughter , is sentenced to eight years' jail .

A drug addict father who killed his 14 - month - old daughter in a car crash in Adelaide will forever wrestle with the consequences of his actions, a court has heard. Tuan Quoc Nguyen, 47, was driving on the drug "ice" with his toddler daughter and four-year-old son in the car when he veered into a pole

Tuan Quoc Nguyen was driving when he veered into oncoming traffic and hit a pole.© ABC News Tuan Quoc Nguyen was driving when he veered into oncoming traffic and hit a pole. An Adelaide father who was addicted to methylamphetamine when he caused a crash that killed his young daughter has been sentenced to eight years' jail.

Tuan Quoc Nguyen had his 14-month-old daughter and four-year-old son in his van when he veered onto the wrong side of Fosters Road at Greenacres and into a Stobie pole on Boxing Day 2013.

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The court heard the little girl sustained severe injuries to her spinal cord which left her unable to breathe, and was taken off life support 12 days later.

Nguyen's young son also suffered serious injuries including lacerations and a fractured arm.

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The father pleaded not guilty to aggravated charges of causing death by dangerous driving and causing harm by dangerous driving, arguing the methylamphetamine in his system did not cause him to drive in a dangerous manner.

Judge Joanne Tracey found him guilty of both charges and sentenced him to five years' jail.

She said the death of his daughter was a "burden he would carry for the rest of his life".

"I am told that from a moral perspective you have always felt responsible for the injury to your son and death of your daughter," Judge Tracey said.

"The offences were aggravated by the methylamphetamine and it's clear before the collision you were a danger on the road.

"Your culpability is plain."

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Nguyen's defence lawyer Ben Sale previously told the court his client had become addicted to drugs after a workplace injury.

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"Few of us are so unfortunate to suffer the consequences of our weaknesses as badly as Mr Nguyen," he said.

The court heard Nguyen received a suspended sentence in 2015 for seven counts of trafficking methylamphetamine and heroine between March and September 2011.

It heard he breached his bond by failing drug tests and was sentenced to three years' jail, taking his total time behind bars to eight years.

Judge Tracey imposed a non-parole period of four years and 10 months, and disqualified Nguyen from holding a driver's licence for 12 years.

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