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Perth dad’s anguish after daughter killed by speeding, unlicensed Rebels bikie

A Perth father has told of the “heart-ripping grief” caused by his daughter’s death in a road crash and his disappointment at the jail sentence handed to the unlicensed Rebels bikie who killed her.

Charlotte Pemberton, 19, was sitting in the passenger seat of her boyfriend Joshua Gallagher’s small Hyundai sedan in November 2015 when Dylan James Adams’ motorcycle, which he was not licensed to drive, smashed into her door with such force it became wedged into the car.

Sentencing Adams to four years and three months’ jail today, District Court Judge Philip McCann said the bikie was “showing off and enjoying himself” before the fatal crash.

“Mr Adams’ behaviour was wilful and selfish in the highest possible degree,” he said.

But the harshest critique of Adams came from Ms Pemberton’s father Wayne, who outlined his disappointment with the sentence.

“How does that equate to my daughter’s life,” he said.

“If I could capture the emotion my family is going through, bottle that up and plug it back into him he will then feel that heart-ripping, brain torturing emotion.

“Let him try that, carry that load through his life, he would beg for that to be switched off.”

Adams’ lawyer had told the court his client was remorseful for his actions and tormented by the result of them.

Adams, whose license was also disqualified for three years, will be eligible for parole in 2019.

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