Daniel Christopher Lawrence, 31, was sentenced to five years behind bars for the death of his two nieces in a crash on the Bruce Highway near Bundaberg on August 14, 2011. Picture: Facebook
Daniel Christopher Lawrence, 31, was sentenced to five years behind bars for the death of his two nieces in a crash on the Bruce Highway near Bundaberg on August 14, 2011. Picture: Facebook

READERS DISCUSS: Was Daniel's sentence too harsh?

A ROCKHAMPTON man was returning from Ballina, NSW, after picking up his sister and her five children so she could escape a violent relationship, when his four-wheel-drive veered off the road on a bend and slammed into a gum tree.

Two of his nieces were killed instantly.

He has been jailed for five years over the horror crash. Read the full story here: Man tries to save battered sister, kills his two nieces

The Morning Bulletin's Facebook readers have their say on the sentence.

Donna Roberts: I understand the jail time, but geez poor guy with so much trauma in such a short space of time.

Heidi Blu Sky Blake: So quick to judge.... You don't know the desperation of them trying to flee, you don't know 100% the situation. What if the violent partner refused to leave the car seats at home and had them in his car so she couldn't flee... Domestic violence is about control. They will both have to pay for this for the rest of their lives and I'm not condoning this act of thoughtlessness but I refuse to judge them.

Sandra Brake: Easy to judge when you weren't fleeing from a violent situation. All concerned will have to live with the consequences of their lack of right action.

Tammy Hogan: A series of unfortunate events, leading to tragedy. Bad luck, bad choices. Bad outcome. But the judges ruling harsh.

Amie Jackel: This poor guy has copped it all poor bloke.

Polly Reed: Seems wrong somehow. Jail won't bring them back and he has to live with what happened.

Kayleen Grice: The punishment wasn't only for the accident, he was already unlicensed, had the crash, then held a Taxi driver up ... I don't know him or about his terrible upbringing but he obversely needs intervention of some sort.

Nicole Madden: Such a sad tragic story even after poor bugger has gone through ...

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