A mother of a baby girl killed by a speeding drunk driver described her heartbreak as the man who mowed them down was sentenced to a minimum 22 months jail by a Perth court.
Benjamin Alan Butler, 25, of Thornlie in Perth's south-east, ran over Tania Moorby and her 11-month-old daughter Grace as they stood in the driveway of their Thornlie home on April 18 this year.
In the District Court of Western Australia, Justice Richard Keen sentenced Butler to a total of 44 months jail - 34 months for dangerous driving causing Grace's death and 10 months for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
He will be eligible for parole after 22 months.
Also convicted of driving under the influence, he was disqualified from driving for six years, two years for each charge, and fined $1,500.
Butler, who pleaded guilty to the charges, was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.166 - more than three times the legal limit - at the time of the tragedy.
His lawyer John Prior told the court his client was a binge drinker who had drunk more than a dozen cans of pre mixed spirits the night before the accident.
Butler accepted that he would be jailed and was genuinely remorseful, Mr Prior said.
Before he was sentenced, Mrs Moorby drew tears from many in the packed courtroom when she read out her victim impact statement.
She and her husband Jamie had feared they would never have the family they desperately wanted because she suffered from severe arthritis.
"Grace was my life," Mrs Moorby said.
"Everything I did revolved around my little girl.
"My life will never be the same. Nothing I do is the same as it was before that day.
"Up until that moment I loved my life, now I hate it.
"I hate waking up every morning facing the day without my little Grace."
Mrs Moorby received injuries including broken ribs, bruising, shoulder and liver damage and cuts and grazes when she was struck by Butler's car.
She said the injuries had healed but her heart never would.
She said she did not hate Butler but hated his choices and actions.
"You may think that you understand the gravity of your actions. You don't. The day you hold your firstborn child in your arms you will fully understand what you have done," she said.
"All I have left are my memories and they simply aren't enough."
Instead of planning a trip to NSW for Grace's birthday to show her off, they had to plan a funeral, Mrs Moorby said.
The court was told Butler clipped another car when he accelerated heavily while still intoxicated from a binge-drinking session the night before.
"You should have been aware you were still under the influence of alcohol," Judge Keen said.
He said the consequences of Butler's actions had been devastating, but in the accident, pre-sentence and psychological reports, he had appeared to play down his involvement, Judge Keen said.
Outside the court, Butler's distressed mother told reporters "he is so sorry".