Death driver awaiting new alcohol sentence

A DRINK-DRIVER whose behaviour led to a Railton teen's death will be sentenced on Thursday for another drink- driving matter.

Brenton John Redshaw served jail time after being convicted in 2008 of manslaughter over the death of 15-year-old Liam Hibble.

He was sentenced to 21 months' jail.

The boy was in Redshaw's speeding car when it slammed into a power pole.

Redshaw later wrote a letter from jail to television show 60 Minutes expressing remorse over the death and calling for alcohol interlock devices to be installed in cars to stop people drink-driving.

Redshaw has now pleaded guilty to two drink-driving- related counts stemming from July 7 this year.

In the Devonport Court, magistrate Melanie Bartlett yesterday heard that Redshaw was intercepted by police in Watkinson Street, Devonport, about 2.40 that morning.

He was found to have alcohol in his system and, at the station, recorded a reading of 0.077.

He has pleaded guilty to one count each of driving a motor vehicle while over the limit and being a driver convicted of manslaughter arising out of driving a motor vehicle with alcohol in their body.

He has also pleaded guilty to several minor cannabis- related charges.

The magistrate adjourned the matter for sentencing at 2.15pm on Thursday.

In 2009, coroner Don Jones's report into Liam Hibble's death revealed witnesses had claimed that Redshaw's vehicle had been doing about 160km/h before it went on to the wrong side of the road and hit the pole.

Cannabis and prescription drugs, including morphine, as well as alcohol, were found in Redshaw's blood.