DIANE Brunton is angry it has taken the loss of her granddaughter’s life for Nilsson Smyth to better his own.
She was one of many in Kyralee Clark’s family left upset by Smyth’s nine-year jail term, with a six-year non-parole period.
“Kyra didn’t even know this fella,” she said.
“She got in the car to be with Jess and he’s taken no consideration or anything for these girls.”
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Ms Brunton gave her support yesterday to her daughter, Jessica Kidd, as the young woman spoke about her own reaction to the sentence.
Miss Kidd was in the car with Smyth when it crashed, killing back seat passenger Kyralee.
Stoic at first, Ms Brunton’s demeanour began to crumble as she spoke more about the sentence.
“He’s made himself to look like a better person now (after) taking my granddaughter’s life,” she said.
“Six years — what about her, for God’s sake?
“That’s just wrong, it’s just wrong.”
The County Court heard yesterday during Smyth’s sentencing — and at a plea hearing last week — how Smyth had taken steps to ditch the alcohol addiction that was at the root of several years of criminal offending.
Much of that involved driving convictions, including one that resulted in a previous jail sentence.
But that argument was lost on Kyralee’s family and friends, who were escorted down the stairs from the first-floor court to prevent any possible clashes with Smyth’s family.
Ms Brunton said Smyth’s sentence fell well short of what they had expected.
“We heard the maximum was 20 years and obviously that means 15, at least,” she said.
“His brain injury was caused by his own actions.
“It’s lucky I didn’t lose my daughter in the accident as well.”
Any thoughts of closure were now lost, she said.
She emphasised the point with a resounding “no”.