In December 2017, Charles McKenzie Ross Evans struck down his fiancée, Alicia Little, at a rural property near Kyneton in central Victoria. After crushing Little between a water tank under the tyres of his Toyota Hilux, Evans failed to render her any assistance, instead, running to a friend’s house and accusing Little of biting his nose and announcing she’d taken her own life by suicide.
Little, a mother of four, was found dead at the property with catastrophic injuries.
'Result of cowardice': Man receives four years jail for running down fiance, leaving her for dead https://t.co/Ob1jHW78pO
— ABC News (@abcnews) September 10, 2019
Evans struck Little with his car moments after she called triple-0, requesting assistance from the police. They had had an argument and Little had said she wanted to leave Evans.
In the Victorian Supreme Court on Wednesday Evans, 45, was sentenced by Justice Lesley Taylor to four years’ in jail. He pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving causing death, and one count of failing to render assistance after a motor vehicle accident. Both offences carry a maximum penalty of ten years’ in jail.
He was also disqualified from driving for five years.
The woman in the blue scarf is Alicia Little’s mother. She hasn’t stopped sobbing. It’s difficult to watch. The family is wearing white and purple ribbons to raise awareness of family violence. “It shouldn’t be the norm.” @9NewsMelb pic.twitter.com/koFtEm2Ysu
— Eliza Rugg (@Eliza_Rugg9) September 10, 2019
Justice Lesley Taylor said he considered the 22 victim impact statements in sentencing Evans.
“What shines from those statements is that to those nearest to her, Alicia Little was a spirited, fun-loving woman whose friends meant the world,” she said.”More than one statement talks about her smile which could light a room.”
He’s been given a non-parole period of two and a half years; but having already served 621 days in jail, Evans could be released within a year.
This is the penalty for taking the life of a human woman.
The number of women whose lives have been claimed by violence this year currently stands at 35. We know this because of the difficult work of the Counting Dead Women Australia researchers of Destroy The Joint, who record of the names and ages and circumstances of women killed in Australia each year.
Four years for deliberately causing the death of a woman seems negligible.