Prison for drug-driver who caused crash in Australia, killing Rugby man Jamie - The Rugby Observer

Prison for drug-driver who caused crash in Australia, killing Rugby man Jamie

Andy Morris 8th Feb, 2018   0

THE GRIEVING family of a Rugby man who died in a tragic car crash in Australia have told of their ‘nightmare’ after the drug-driving woman who caused his death was sentenced to jail.

Jamie Dumbleton, 26, was killed in Adelaide in May 2016 after the car he was a passenger in was hit by an articulated lorry.

Australian Rebecca Lee Greatley, 25, was high on cannabis when she drove through a stop sign and into the path of the truck.

She was sentenced to just under two years in prison for causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving – although she has launched an appeal against the sentence because she is due to give birth in March.

After Greatley was sentenced, a joint statement was released by Jamie’s parents Angie and David, and his siblings Danny and Stacey.

They said: “The nightmare of that day will live with us forever. Today, the light at the end of a very dark tunnel has appeared.

“Although we now have a sense of justice, we still feel that it is not a complete justice.

“It seems to us that Greatley, from the moment she was arrested, has manipulated the justice system. She has taken away someone so precious and has only shown concern for herself – now also her child will pay the price.

“We feared this day would never come. It will never bring Jamie back but we can try to move on and start remembering Jamie for the amazing person we knew and loved.

“Jamie loved Australia. He raised a great deal of money for a cancer charity he was passionate about. As he said himself, ‘I am living the dream’.

“We love and miss you, Jamie.”

Jamie went to Bilton High School and studied bricklaying at Rugby College, and then worked at Bilton Design and Build before he got what Angie described as ‘the travel bug’ and headed out to India and Thailand.

After a brief return to Rugby where he revived his love of boxing, he moved to Australia in early 2015.

After three months working on a farm, he got a job with cancer research charity The Fundraising People where he was made a Team Leader just three months before he died, raising over £100,000 in the process.

Greatley initially denied the charges, but pleaded guilty on the second day of her trial.

Her appeal for a suspended jail term or home detention has been fast-tracked, and will be heard by South Australia District Court on February 23.

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