The heartbroken father of a pregnant woman killed in a horror car crash with her boyfriend has been left so traumatised that he’s unable to speak about her death.
The pair were out for a walk with their dogs when the 17-year-old – allegedly high on drugs and driving a stolen 4WD – ploughed into another car before rolling and hitting the couple.
The teenager – who cannot be identified – was remanded in custody on numerous charges including two counts of murder at Brisbane Children’s Court on Wednesday but even if found guilty could serve less than ten years behind bars.
As the community grapples with the horrific incident, Ms Leadbetter’s aunt revealed her father John is in a ‘state of shock’ after losing his beloved daughter, who was six months pregnant and excited to become a mother for the first time.
Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field (pictured) were taking their dogs Frankie and Django for their usual afternoon walk when they were struck in Alexandra Hills on Tuesday night
The aunt of Kate Leadbetter (pictured) revealed her father John is in a ‘state of shock’ after losing his beloved daughter who was six months pregnant
‘John is just in shock – he can’t even talk,’ Danielle Leadbetter told the Courier Mail.
‘The whole family is in exactly the same state. It’s a state of shock.’
Ms Leadbetter has been campaigning for justice since the fatal crash and bravely paid tribute to her niece during a moving vigil on Wednesday night.
She said the toughest part was knowing her family never got to say goodbye to Kate.
‘If someone is sick and you know that they’re going to die, you can prepare for that. You can’t prepare for a tragedy like this,’ she said.
In another blow for the family, leading lawyers have since revealed the 17-year-old could face just ten years behind bars if found guilty over the murders due to his young age.
Under Queensland law, adults convicted of a double murder receive an automatic life prison sentence, but those under 18 can walk free in just ten years.
However Queensland criminal lawyer, Bill Potts, said there was a chance prosecutors could argue for an extremely rare loophole.
The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving lies damaged at the scene of the horror crash around 5.30pm on Tuesday. Moments earlier it had allegedly been used in a road rage incident on a nearby road
The couple (pictured with their dogs Django and Frankie) had recently shared a photo of them holding an ultrasound of their baby
The teenager (pictured, left and right) had shared boastful photos online of him including one posing next to what appeared to be a machete
This would allow a judge to impose a life sentence on a young offender if the nature of their crime was ‘particularly heinous’.
‘He faces a sentence of up to ten years if convicted or if the court finds that the offending is heinous then he can receive a jail sentence of up to life imprisonment but they do not define what heinous is,’ Mr Potts told the publication.
The lawyer said that to his knowledge, no child in Queensland had been sentenced to life behind bars.
Adults who are found guilty of a double murder in the state are given life sentences and must serve 30 years before being eligible for parole.
Mr Potts said if the alleged driver reaches 19 before the case is finalised he could be tried as an adult.
The 17-year-old’s case will be heard again in court at the end of March.
In one photo, the accused (pictured) stood shirtless holding a large bundle of $50 notes in front of the camera
Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field (pictured) had been dating for more than four years and were expecting their first child
Images have since surfaced from the teenager’s Instagram account showing him posing with a bundle of $50 notes.
In other photos, he can be seen posing with a drink in his hand next to a BMW and beside what appears to be the handle of a machete.
Some showed him with a bumbag around his waist or with a large watch on his wrist.
It’s believed he was on bail for up to 50 unrelated offences at the time of the crash.
The teen was also allegedly involved in another traffic incident just minutes before the fatal collision.
Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said even the most hardened members of the force had been rocked by the tragedy.
‘We, the police department, along with our community, are hurting. Dealing with this sort of tragedy – which is preventable – is incredibly frustrating,’ he told the Today show on Thursday.
The shattered aunt and uncle of Ms Leadbetter, Danielle and Jason Leadbetter (pictured at the vigil on Wednesday), said they would always remember their ‘beautiful’ niece
‘I’m limited by law [by what I can say]. I’m not going to compromise our investigation and prosecution.
‘The reality of it is… It’s something that does my head in.
‘I am angry. I’m angry and my people are angry. They’re frustrated and they’re heartbroken… Can you imagine going and telling a family about the loss of a loved one? It has an impact on our people but we’re providing them enormous support.’
Locals banded together on Wednesday night at a vigil on the corner of Finucane and Vienna Road – the intersection where the parents-to-be tragically lost their lives.
Countless bouquets of flowers and teddy bears were laid at the scene while loved ones bravely spoke out about the loss of the couple.
Ms Leadbetter, who was six months pregnant, is understood to have been working as an interior stylist while her partner worked in fabrications.
The young couple had recently shared a photo of their baby’s ultrasound as they stood proudly in front of a Christmas tree.
The pair were supposed to become parents for the first time in just a few months.
Locals banded together on Wednesday night at a vigil on the corner of Finucane and Vienna Road – the intersection where the parents-to-be tragically lost their lives
Countless bouquets of flowers and teddy bears were laid at the scene while loved ones bravely spoke out about the loss of the couple