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Fatal Vic drug driver never to drive again

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016 By Melissa Iaria

A drugged-up Melbourne driver who killed her partner in a crash has been jailed for four-and-a-half years and told a court she agreed she should be banned for life from driving.

Kaye Campbell had popped a sedative pill she thought was Valium before she ran a red light and hit another vehicle, killing her boyfriend Neil Durrance in 2014.

Judge Carolyn Douglas said the 43-year-old's driving was impaired by the drug and an existing brain injury, which the court heard lessened her moral culpability.

But to protect the community, the judge told Campbell she must never drive again. Campbell replied from the County Court dock, "I agree".

"I'm not doing it solely as punishment," Judge Douglas said.

"I would be negligent in my role as a sentencing judge in protecting the public."

Campbell, of Frankston, pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death, a charge carrying a maximum 20-year jail term.

The court heard she suffered an acquired brain injury in 2002 and VicRoads suspended her licence, but after a medical report it was restored in 2014.

However, at the time of the crash Campbell was not allowed to drive as part of her bail conditions for other matters.

The judge noted this was an aggravating feature of her crime.

She also noted her younger years were marred by irresponsible behaviour including heroin use, and her criminal history including theft, burglary, obtaining property by deception, drug offences and recklessly endangering serious injury when her and her then-boyfriend stole items, then drove away.

Judge Douglas took into account Campbell's guilty plea and the grief of losing her partner.

She will serve a minimum two-and-a-half years, which takes into account 262 days already served in pre-sentence custody.

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