A man who slammed his car into a Sydney home, causing a pregnant woman to lose her baby, could be out of jail in less than three years.
Vanessa Farrugia was 20 weeks pregnant when Jason Mansweto’s car smashed into the Windsor Downs house in June 2014.
Her horrific injuries led to her baby, a little girl she called Bonnie, dying in utero the next day and to her undergoing forced labour and delivery induced by medication.
Mr Mansweto was driving an unregistered, restored car, when he lost control and the steering wheel came off.
On Tuesday, in Parramatta District Court, Judge Jeffery McLennan jailed the motor mechanic for four years and six months, with a non-parole period of two years and nine months, reports 7 news.
Ms Farrugia, who was thrown back into the house and knocked to the floor, suffered terrible injuries including fractures to her skull, face and foot, a large deep cut to her forehead and leakage of spinal fluid under her skull.
She’s been left with a permanent loss of her sense of smell, and had a craniotomy for her brain injury, plastic surgery for her facial injuries and numerous other operations.
Mr Mansweto was jailed but the judge said the sentence imposed could not turn back the clock the last three years and the irreparable damage done.
“It cannot give Bonnie the life she never had,” the judge said during sentencing.
Mr Mansweto could be out in less than 3 years.
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