– A woman whose husband of three months was killed in a road accident after she drank alcohol and sped along a Melbourne street has been jailed for one year.
Tanya Lee Mitchell, 26, sobbed throughout her sentence hearing on Thursday as Judge Geoff Chettle told the County Court he had no alternative to sending her to prison despite her enormous loss.
Judge Chettle acknowledged Mitchell was crippled by grief and remorse over the death of Sandeep Singh, but imposed a sentence of two years and six months, 18 months of which were suspended. About 20 of her family and friends were overwhelmed by emotion when she was led into custody.
Mitchell pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving causing death. She lost control of her car in Milleara Road, East Keilor, about 2:15am on August 22, 2010 as she and her husband drove home after a night out. Mr Singh died when the passenger side of the car crashed into a pillar at the end of a brick fence outside a house. Mitchell suffered a serious head injury, fractured vertebrae and other injuries. The court heard Mitchell was driving at least 85km/h in a 60km/h zone and recorded a blood-alcohol level of .077 about 70 minutes after the crash.
Judge Chettle said Mitchell, of Keilor, would suffer for the rest of her life knowing she had killed a man she loved, but that he hoped the case and his sentence would deter others over the perils of drink-driving.
Outside court, Detective Senior Constable Lindon Walker, of the Major Collision Investigation Unit, said the case highlighted the dangers of doing the wrong thing and the enormous repercussions for so many – Adam Cooper


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Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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