Driver responsible for Hope Dell's death back in court

Maroochydore Court House
Maroochydore Court House FILE

THE young man convicted of dangerous driving, resulting in the death of Hope Dell has faced court for breaching his suspended sentence conditions.

Jameson Mark Routledge faced Maroochydore District Court yesterday after police found three MDMA pills in possession at the Wharf Tavern in Mooloolaba.

Routledge was last year sentenced to two-and-a-half years jail - which was suspended immediately for a period of three years - after the car he lost control of a car and slammed into a tree on Caloundra Rd in December 2014.

Miss Dell, 17, was in the front passenger seat of the car and was killed.

Today Judge John Robertson told Routledge, now 20, with a suspended sentence hanging over his head he was effectively his "own jailer".

But in this instance his said sending Routledge to prison would be unjust because it was not of a similar nature to the crime he was serving the suspended sentence for, but if he offended again he ran a "serious risk" of going to jail.

"It really is up to you at the end of the day," he said.

"You're 20; you've got to take some responsibility."

Judge Robertson extended the operational period of Routledge's suspended sentence by six months.

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