The Courier-Mail

Tourist sen­tenced to four years’ jail for dou­ble death

Sandi­lands un­pun­ished for call­ing Joyce names


A HONG Kong tourist had been li­censed to drive for less than two months when she drove on the wrong side of the road and killed two men in an on­com­ing car in cen­tral Queens­land, a court has heard.

Pui Shan Rachel Wong, 31, was yesterday sen­tenced to four years’ jail, sus­pended af­ter 15 months, for dan­ger­ously op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle caus­ing death on Childers Rd, at Bund­aberg, on Au­gust 21 last year.

The Dis­trict Court in Bris­bane heard Wong was is­sued with an in­ter­na­tional driv­ing per­mit on June 9 last year, two months af­ter ob­tain­ing her driv­ers li­cence in Hong Kong.

She was on a work­ing hol­i­day when she caused the col­li­sion that killed Mark Smith and Stephen Ma­her.

Wong drove on the wrong side of the road as she tried to over­take two ve­hi­cles, while ap­proach­ing the crest of a hill.

She has served 372 days in prison so will be re­leased, and likely de­ported, af­ter spend­ing three months be­hind bars. BARNABY Joyce has bit back af­ter the media watchdog chose not to rep­ri­mand mand ra­dio host Kyle Sandi- lands for ver­bally abus­ing the fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Mi­nis- ter dur­ing an on- air stoush.

The heated d seg­ment in May on KIIS FM re­lated to ac­tor Johnny Depp’s dogs Pis­tol and Boo be­ing smug­gled into Aus­tralia.

Af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing a com- plaint from Mr Joyce, the Aus­tralian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and M Media Au­thor­ity ruled in this c case lis­ten­ers of th the Kyle & Jackie O p pro­gram would u un­der­stand the offe fend­ing word “w “wanker” was used in the “Aus­tralian v ver­nac­u­lar”.

Mr Joyce was crit­i­cal of th the de­ci­sion, say­ing: “Ap­par­ently you can now say what you like, when you like, to whomever you like.”

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