Troy Xerri jailed over 2019 crash that killed mother of three
Posted On May 13, 2022
A Sydney man has been jailed for just under two-and-a-half years over a crash that killed “a wonderful, innocent and much-loved” mother of three.
Troy Xerri was disqualified from driving and speeding when he crossed onto the wrong side of the road and hit Joanne Duke’s car while she was driving home from work at Eastwood in 2019.
Duke, 63, died at the scene.
Two others, including Xerri’s passenger, were injured.
Xerri told police he was in a hurry to get home.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death, but went on trial for a more serious charge which he was cleared of.
Xerri faced a maximum of 10 years jail but was sentenced to two years and four months behind bars as Judge Leonie Flannery accepted his admission of remorse.
She also shaved time off for the onerous conditions Xerri endured while on bail which she described as “quasi” custody.
Xerri could be free on parole by November next year.
Duke’s family claimed the sentence was “paltry” and “disgusting” with emotions spilling over in court as they called the driver a “coward”.
Her husband, Michael, slammed the sentence while talking to reporters outside court.
“We believe that laws and sentencing concerning deaths on roads must be reviewed – change and/or strengthened – otherwise more of this devastation will continue and countless others will suffer in the future as they have in the past,” he said.
Michael Duke clutched his granddaughter Willow, who was born six months after her nan died.
“Myself, our sons and many others are doomed to visit Jo in the cemetery forever,” he said.
Banned NRL player Bronson Xerri was among a large group supporting his older brother.
His relatives could be heard yelling “it was an accident” as Xerri was taken away in handcuffs by sheriffs.