Crystalea Blackaby has been returned to prison for breaking a parole condition forbidding her to drink alcohol.
Crystalea Blackaby has been returned to prison for breaking a parole condition forbidding her to drink alcohol.

Freeman death driver back in jail

CRYSTALEA Blackaby, who was the drunk and disqualified driver who killed the brother of Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman, was returned to prison yesterday for breaching a parole condition of not drinking alcohol.

The serial drink-driver and disqualified driver must spend a minimum of 28 days in jail before reapplying for parole.

Blackaby, now aged 24, had a blood alcohol reading of 0.227% and was a serial disqualified driver when she crashed a sedan into a flat-deck rigid truck parked on Slade Point Rd in September, 2008.

Olympic champion Cathy Freeman's brother Norman Freeman, 33, who was a passenger in Blackaby's car, was killed instantly in the crash.

Blackaby was jailed for seven years when she faced court in late 2009.

She was released on parole in April last year. One of her parole conditions is that she does not drink alcohol.

Nine days ago, at 6.15pm, Blackaby and three other people got into a maxi taxi at the Taylors Hotel bottleshop and asked to be taken to Sophia St, prosecutor Bimal Raut told the Mackay Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The taxi driver saw Blackaby drinking from a beer glass and told her stop.

When she didn't, he pulled over the taxi and told the group to get out and said he would phone them another cab.

Blackaby slapped him in the face after an argument.

Police were called and found Blackaby was intoxicated.

She pleaded guilty in court yesterday to common assault.

ATSI Legal Service solicitor David Ritchie confirmed in court that Blackaby's parole has now been revoked and she has to go back to jail for at least 28 days.

Magistrate Mark Morrow jailed Blackaby for 28 days for the common assault.

She now has to apply again to the Parole Board for parole in one month's time.

If she is released again she will be on parole until October 15, 2016.


Past woes

  • Drink-driving (0.160%) in May, 2006
  • Drink-driving (0.209%) in early 2009
  • Several convictions for disqualified driving
  • Pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Norman Freeman while 0.227% and disqualified and was jailed for seven years
  • Is now disqualified from driving for life