A grieving man whose wife of 54 years was killed by a serial driving offender has questioned why the ‘maniac’ was released early from jail.
Brisbane resident Janet Tucker, a mother of five and grandmother of 12, was heading home on April 15, 2016 from her weekly bingo game when she inadvertently crossed paths with Brandon Pavey-Rees.
Now aged 23, Pavey-Rees had been released from jail the same morning of the fatal collision.
He was granted parole by a magistrate after serving just two months of a one year sentence for a litany of driving offences.
Moments before killing Janet Tucker, Brandon Pavey-Rees smashed into a phone box and fled the scene
Within minutes of being back at his mother’s caravan park home in Hervey Bay, Pavey-Rees was back behind the wheel.
He soon attracted the attention of police before the fatality when a pursuit was called off as Pavey-Rees reached dangerous speeds in local streets of 150km/hr.
He was then captured on CCTV smashing into a telephone booth, before leaving the scene.
Pavey-Rees was also driving on the wrong side of the road when smashed into Janet Tucker.
Moments after the collision, Pavey-Rees fled the scene, leaving Mrs Tucker for dead in her vehicle.
He ran down the road to where his mother resided and hid, before he was arrested later in that day and charged with manslaughter.
‘She had nowhere to go,’ Mrs Tucker’s husband Ray told A Current Affair.
‘It was a narrow section where it was, there was an island in the middle of the road.’
Pavey-Rees’ criminal history is extensive, with offences including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possess dangerous drugs, possess drug utensils, breach probation and failing to stop for police.
Ray Tucker (pictured) still cannot believe Brandon Pavey-Rees was granted an early release from jail – if he was behind bars, Janet Tucker would still be alive
He had also been disqualified from driving three times.
‘If I ever hated a person, it was this guy, he’s taken my girl away from me,’ Mr Tucker said.
‘I think to myself, this should never have happened. He should never have been on the road.’
Before the tragic accident, the Tuckers had planned a holiday abroad to celebrate both beating cancer.
Pavey-Rees was sentenced to 10 years in jail, but could be released in just six years with time already served.