Parole now closer for man who left child in rolled car

A SUNSHINE Coast career criminal who rolled his car and left a child strapped in the front seat before fleeing the scene has had a small win in court.

Tyran Lee Oakhill, 20, remained on the run for more than a month before the long arm of the law caught up with him and he was arrested on July 1 this year.

When he was arrested police discovered he also had a small quantity of meth, a water pipe and two hypodermic syringes.

Oakhill subsequently fronted the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on August 6 where he pleaded guilty to a host of drug and traffic offences and was sentenced to a stint behind bars.

The court heard Oakhill committed his latest offences while on two suspended sentences for unrelated matters handed down in the Caloundra Magistrates Court in 2012 and the Maroochydore Magistrates Court in 2013.

It was also revealed in court that Oakhill had an extensive criminal history dating back to 2007, when he was aged 13 years old, for a host of crimes including stealing, burglary, armed robbery, assault, and drug and traffic-related offences.

The court heard in August that Oakhill lost control of the car at an off-ramp to a highway, which resulted in the vehicle crashing into the concrete barrier on the edge of the roadway.

The car then struck a light pole and it came to rest on its roof.

Oakhill fled the scene, but later admitted to the offence and said that the road was wet, that he could have been travelling a bit slower, not eating and not looking at his child passenger.

His suspended sentence from 2012 and 2013 were activated for a period of six months and he was jailed for an additional six months for the offences stemming from the crash and drug charges.

But Oakhill appealed his sentence earlier this month. He claimed it was manifestly excessive given he had already spent 465 days in custody for the offences he was convicted of in 2013.

He further claimed there had been an error because his parole release date was fixed at August 4 next year.

Judge Gary Long, in handing down his decision this week, agreed there had been an error in fixing Oakhill's parole eligibility date and set a new parole eligibility date of February 20 next year.


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