DPP v Perrin [2019] VCC 308

Sentence summary: Culpable driving

A drug driver was jailed for five years after she killed her teenage friend when she crashed into a set of traffic lights.

Taylah Perrin, 20, pleaded guilty to one charge of culpable driving and was sentenced to five years in prison with a non-parole period of at least three years.

The offender, who was 18 at the time, got behind the wheel shortly after consuming gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) for the first time with the victim, 16-year-old Georgia Foran, outside Mornington Shopping Centre.

They had both used about 3ml of GHB in a car park that evening.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Cranbourne Road and Moorooduc Highway in Frankston about 9.35pm on 13 July 2017.

The pair were travelling to see the victim’s boyfriend in Langwarrin.

The victim died in hospital weeks later.

The presiding judge said the decision to take drugs and then drive was “extremely tragic”.

“Your decision to experiment with drugs on the night before and prior to the accident has had fateful consequences,” the judge said.

“By your actions, you have caused devastating loss.”

The court heard how the offender’s crimes were becoming all too common.

“Sadly, yours is a case like so many wherein a young person such as yourself has failed to understand that driving under the influence can lead to tragic and fatal consequences,” the judge said.

When considering the offender’s sentence, the judge said factors including age, genuine remorse and lack of prior criminal history played a role in determining the length of time the offender would spend behind bars.

“These are all matters which to my mind auger very well for your prospects for rehabilitation.”

The offender also had her licence suspended for three years.

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