'No Winners': Family's Emotional Address Outside Court As Man Jailed For Killing Fiancée With Car
It's been almost two years since Alicia Maree Little's life was taken away from her. Today, the man responsible for her death was sentenced to jail -- but he could be out within the next three years.
Charles McKenzie Ross Evans, 45, will spend at least the next two-and-a-half years behind bars for dangerous driving causing death and failing to render assistance to his 41-year-old former fiancée.
During his sentencing, a court heard the pair had been "marred" by an abusive relationship for four years before Alicia was killed in December 2017, just two days after she told Evans she was leaving him.
Just hours before she was killed, Alicia, from Kyneton in Victoria's Macedon Ranges, had sent a text message to her mother telling her that "in the next 24 hours there's going to be a lot of drama", over her decision to leave her partner.
On Tuesday, Justice Lesley Ann Taylor sentenced Evans to four years' jail with a non-parole period of two and a half years, describing him as "cowardly in the extreme" for failing to render assistance.
"Your actions caused the death of Ms Little," Taylor said on Tuesday.
"Ms Little was crushed between the water tank and your car tyres."
The court was told Evans had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.087, five hours after Alicia was hit.
Taylor described Alicia "a spirited and fun-loving woman" who "touched the world of children and adults alike", adding that Alicia's family had been left "totally shattered" by her death.
Outside court Alicia's family made an emotional address, describing the last two years as a 'nightmare'.
Lauren, Alicia's sister-in-law, cried as she described how Alicia had been left to die alone and described her as a "fun, charismatic, adventurous spirit who had an unimaginable ability for human compassion."
"This has been a very long and exhaustive process and let it be very clear that there are no winners here, no amount of time or penalty will ever reverse the outcome for our loved one," Lauren said, reading a statement from the family.
"We will all be forever changed because of this completely unnecessary loss of life."
"Her four children have been stripped of sharing a future with her," Lauren said.
"They will go on without their mother, enjoying many milestones that she had so fondly talked to them about."
The family also called for more action to be taken on domestic violence.
"Domestic violence or violence of any sort should never be someone's normal."
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