WATCH: Grieving mum pleas for tougher sentence for drink driver

A GRIEVING mother wishes the drunken young man responsible for the car crash which killed her son could spend one year in jail for each year her son lived.

Joshua Paul Feeney, 21, was sentenced in Maroochydore District Court yesterday to a six-and-a-half year jail term for drink-driving causing the death of his passenger, Joseph Haynes, 20.

He will be eligible for parole on August 1, 2017, after serving a third of the sentence.

Feeney did not have a licence at the time of the horror crash which sliced his car in two on Maleny-Stanley River Rd at Maleny on May 6 last year.

He had been disqualified in February after being found guilty of his second drink-driving offence.

MISSED: Donna Haynes with her late son Joseph.
MISSED: Donna Haynes with her late son Joseph.

Feeney's blood-alcohol concentration was 0.21 at the time of the crash, more than four times the legal limit.

Mr Haynes died at the scene.

Mr Haynes' mother, Donna, said she wished the sentence was longer.

"I wish he'd get a year for each year my son lived," she said in tears.

Mr Haynes' sister, Cindy, said the family had endured "13 months of hell".

"Life will never be the same. My mum breaks down every day," she said.

Ms Haynes said her son had been visiting her home that fateful weekend as "he thought it was Mother's Day weekend".

"I'll never celebrate Mother's Day again. I can't handle it," she said.

Feeney's barrister, Kylie Hillard, said her client was "extremely remorseful" and was the father of two young children, aged two and seven weeks.

Judge John Robertson said the accident was "what happens when you drink and then someone decides to get into a motor vehicle and drive".

He wanted the sentence to stand as a warning to young men. "You will lose your liberty and lose it for a long time," he said.

He disqualified Feeney's licence permanently.

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