Banned driver was high on drugs when he crashed into family van, killing 5 Yrs Old boy
Molloy was sentenced to seven and a half years in jail and will have to serve five and a half years before he can be released on parole.
He also received a further five-year licence disqualification on top of his existing life ban.
Matthew David Molloy’s Age:
He is currently 35 Years Old Australian.
- Leonardus Tjandra died soon after the crash, after his life support was turned off
- Matthew David Molloy was driving a stolen car about 96kph in a 70kph zone
- Molloy has been sentenced to seven and a half-years’ jail over the crash
Matthew David Molloy’s full story of incident:
Matthew David Molloy, 35, was speeding on Leach Highway in the Perth suburb of Wilson in December last year when he ran into the back of a stationary van, forcing it into a Woolworths supermarket truck that was in front.
Molloy then fled the scene.
Edwin Tjandra was in the van with his wife Cynthia and two sons Franciscus, six, and Leonardus, five, along with four members of their extended family.
Seven of them were injured including Leonardus, whose life support system was switched off about two weeks later.
District Court Judge Bruce Goetze said Molloy had shown a complete disregard for other road users, describing the case as tragic.
But he accepted that Molloy had a dysfunctional upbringing and that he was remorseful for his actions.
Molloy was charged with a total of 10 offences, including dangerous driving occasioning death.
Outside the court, Dr Tjandra expressed his disappointment with the sentence.
He noted that the maximum sentence Molloy could have received for charge relating to the death of his son was 20 years, yet he was given only four years.
“My son’s life is worth only four years imprisonment ? What kind of message is this court sending to society?” he said.
“I believe if you are parents you will share my opinion. It is too low, too soft and it is not educating.
“It certainly makes us feel that our society is really, really dangerous and that people can easily get away with [their crimes].”
Dr Tjandra said he would not wish what his family had gone through on any parent.
“I certainly hope this tragedy will not happen again to any parents, that’s why I’d hope this guy got a harder sentence, so that no parents will have to through what I’ve experienced,” he said.
“Because I’m afraid with his history, history will repeat again … and you might be standing here again interviewing another parent grieving for his child.”
History of driving and drug offences
The court was told Matthew David Molloy had a long criminal history, with numerous convictions for car theft, and had been released from prison only a month before.
The court heard he relapsed into heroin use after his release and stole the car from Royal Perth Hospital the day before the crash.
It was estimated he was travelling at 96 kilometres per hour in a 70kph zone just before the crash.
Dr Tjandra read a victim impact statement to the court in which he said his life had been ruined by the crash.
He said he and his wife felt like part of their soul died when their son left them, while his older son Franciscus sometimes asked if he can die so he could meet his little brother.
Dr Tjandra said he still suffered pain from numerous injuries inflicted in the crash and there was no happiness in his house.