Hike sentence

Jacob Donn was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the hit and run that killed brothers Sheldon and Shane Shorey

An unlicensed driver accused of hitting and killing two children in New South Wales last year will spend at least nine years in jail after being convicted in Dubbo District Court.

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Jacob Donn, 27, pleaded guilty in May to the manslaughter of Sheldon and Shane Shorey.

The brothers, aged six and seven, died after a vehicle Donn was driving hit them and three others as they walked along a Wellington footpath in west central Status as of January 2021.

They were visiting their mother, Shayleen Frail, who was also injured in the incident.

Jacob Donn pleaded guilty to manslaughter in May.(Facebook)

Donn fled the scene before police arrived and was later arrested and charged.

Paramedics treated Ms Frail and her sons at the scene, but Sheldon and Shane could not be saved.

Court documents showed Donn was spinning — allowing the rear wheels to lose traction, so the vehicle would survive — before the crash and had methamphetamine, cannabis and heroin in his body. his system.

Police said his ability to drive was significantly impaired by the combined influence of these substances.

Donn was sentenced to 13 years in prison, retroactive to January 2021, with nine years without parole.

Victims’ father speaks out

Forty family members and friends of the victims were in court for sentencing.

Some screamed and cried after hearing that Donn would be eligible for parole in January 2030.

family and friends of two boys killed in Wellington gather outside Dubbo court
The family of the two boys in front of the Dubbo court.(Provided)

The boys’ father, Joseph Shorey, said nine years to “kill two boys” was not enough and Donn would have to serve 25 years.

“It should all add up, all these accusations,” he said.

“He never had a license. He drove erratically… how can you kill, drive to kill, two little boys?”

He said Australian law needed to change.

“I don’t know who to see, politicians or whoever… but I will find out,” Mr Shorey said.

‘No good character’

Judge Craig Smith said Donn showed “complete abandonment of responsibility” in causing the deaths of the two brothers.

He acknowledged Donn’s ‘background of profound disadvantage’ after being exposed to domestic violence, removed from his parents’ care and ‘consumed alcohol at 10, cannabis at 12, amphetamines at 14’ .

“His own mother introduced him to heroin when he was 16,” Justice Smith said.

But he added that Donn was “not of good character”.

“I don’t accept that he has a good prospect for rehabilitation,” Justice Smith said.

A composite of two images showing Father Joseph Shorey and his two young boys, Sheldon and Shane.
Joseph Shorey pictured with his young sons Sheldon and Shane.(Provided)

“You ran away like a coward”

Donn appeared via audiovisual link from Bathurst Correctional Center and sobbed as victim impact statements were read earlier.

Ms Frail described herself as the “proud mother of two angel boys”, which had been planned and hoped for and was her greatest and proudest achievement.

She says it “destroys my soul every day that I’ll never be called mom again.”

“My life has fallen apart,” Ms Frail said.

“I feel like I have no purpose, no passion. I constantly feel like I’m losing them over and over again with new waves of grief.

“No parent should have to bury a child. I had to bury two.

“It hits you again and again. There’s no end to the loss.”

Ms Frail said she couldn’t stop thinking about every detail.

“I begged Jacob to help me while I was stuck against this wall [by the car]“, she told the court.

“You just left. You just ran away like a coward.”

The boys “loved by all”

Mr Shorey said the boys’ surviving brother Mark did not go outside to play for nine months after the incident and cried every day.

“We have two shrines at home for them. We say hello and goodnight to them,” he said.

“They had their dreams, full of happiness, cheeky smiles and energy, loved by all.”

Catherine McLeod, the mother of the boys’ cousin Mattaya Ah-See, has issued a statement about the impact on their son, who was 11 when he was so badly injured in the crash that his leg was amputated.

“He never leaves his room. He’s just filled with…hate,” Ms McLeod said.

“He’s been having bad dreams about the accident. I watch him toss and turn, scream and cry in his sleep.

“A week after the accident, he said he missed the boys and wanted to be with them.”