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Vic drug driver jailed over teen death

AAP logoAAP 16/08/2016 By Kaitlyn Offer

A drunk and drugged driver who told his teenage girlfriend "I'll put you in a grave" on the night he killed her could serve less than five years behind bars.

Sasho Ristovski, 28, had been going out with 16-year-old Maddison Tilyard for just three weeks when he lost control of his father's high-powered car and crashed into a tree in Laverton North in July 2014.

Ristovski - who has prominent face tattoos - last month pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and reckless conduct endangering a person.

He was sentenced on Tuesday in the County Court of Victoria to a total of seven years in jail.

However, Ristovski could be released in less than five years after Judge Frank Gucciardo set a non-parole period of four years and nine months.

Ristovski had picked up Ms Tilyard and her friend from a party in Craigieburn on the night of the crash.

At his plea hearing the court heard Ristovski told Ms Tilyard "I'll put you in a grave by the end of the night", before telling her friends "I'll have you all in a grave".

While driving the two teenagers Ristovski reached 210km/h and ignored Ms Tilyard's friend's plea to slow down.

After dropping the friend off, Ristovski continued driving with Ms Tilyard.

He went through a roundabout, veered off course at 88km/h in an 80km/h zone, became airborne for five metres and hit a tree.

Ristovski had a blood alcohol level of 0.064 and methamphetamines in his system.

"Your actions and utterances on the night showed you were fully aware of the risks you were exposing your passengers to," Judge Gucciardo said.

Two weeks after the crash, Ristovksi tattooed his face with graphic symbols as a sign of remorse.

Judge Gucciardo on Tuesday noted Ristovski's expression of self-loathing and his new-found abstinence.

The court was also told Ristovski's abuse of alcohol and drugs started when he was 13.

He was bullied as a teenager and possibly had a mild acquired brain injury from drug use and multiple head injuries.

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