This is a tough one if you’re pro-choice, like I am. At the end of March this year, a 41 year old woman was sent to jail for 9 months after she ran her van into a pregnant woman while on a cocktail of drugs, killing the woman’s unborn baby girl. She was called Zoe, named after being stillborn a few hours later. Zoe’s mother Brodie had been 36 weeks pregnant. It was Christmas day 2009.
Justine Hampson, 41, was affected by a cocktail of drugs including methadone when she crashed her van into Brodie Donegan at Ourimbah, seriously injuring her and killing her unborn baby girl.
Hampson was convicted of two charges, including dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.
Outside the court, Ms Donegan, who has been unable to have her daughter’s death recognised by the law, says the result was better than she expected. “The judge took Zoe into account and I really liked the way he described things,” she said. “I think he obviously thought about it quite long and hard and tried to come to the right conclusion, and I’m happy the driver expressed remorse and that seemed to be genuine.”