Henderson jailed for hit-and-run
A MAN who admitted to causing the deaths of three teenagers in a high speed car crash at Goodna last year will be eligible for parole in less than three years.
Michael Daniel Henderson, 34, appeared Ipswich District Court on Wednesday, where he faced sentencing after pleading guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, grievous bodily harm and failing to remain at the scene of a crash.
Judge Sarah Bradley ordered that he serve seven-and-a-half years in prison, but that he be eligible for parole on February 15, 2015.
Judge Bradley also ordered Henderson be disqualified from driving absolutely.
Brittany Bramwell, 17, from Raceview, Matthew Prior, 18, from Redbank Plains and Nicholas Saxby, 16, from Brassall, had spent the evening at Dreamworld and were on their way home when Henderson, driving a Toyota Hilux, slammed into the side of the teenagers' Mitsubishi Lancer, about 11pm on April 8, 2011.
Matthew and Brittany died at the scene, at the corner of Bertha St and Brisbane Rd, while Nicholas died later that night in the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Brittany's boyfriend Alex Mayfield, 17, was driving the Lancer. He suffered fractured ribs and ruptured internal organs but survived.
Family and friends of the three Ipswich teenagers reacted in anger and despair at the sentence handed down to the man responsible for their deaths.
Matthew Prior's mother Robyn said she and husband Frank felt cheated by the system.
"Two and a half years for three kids - it's terrible," she said.
"I don't ever get my son back - it's not like he gets out of jail and Matthew comes home - it doesn't work like that.
"This has changed our lives forever."