Mackay man Hans Peter Hansen, 72, was punched on December 13, 2014 and later died of head injuries.
Mackay man Hans Peter Hansen, 72, was punched on December 13, 2014 and later died of head injuries.

Senseless violence: Daughter forgives dad's killer

ONE of Mackay man Hans Peter Hansen's final moments - a rock hitting and smashing his windscreen - was captured on his dashcam and shown in court as his killer was sentenced on Wednesday.

Slade Point man Dan Wellington Eric Pearson, then 18, had run away from hospital while drunk and threw the rock at Mr Hansen's car just after 4am on December 13, 2014.

The 72-year-old man's windscreen shattered and he pulled over on Glenella Connection Rd.

Pearson left the scene and returned shortly after. Then, he punched Mr Hansen.

Mr Hansen was taken to Townsville Hospital but died from head injuries.

In the District Court in Mackay on Wednesday, Pearson pleaded guilty to manslaughter, endangering the safety of a person in a car by throwing a rock and entering Mr Hansen's car with the intent to commit an indictable offence.

The latter charge referred to when Pearson went back to the car and removed some property. Justice David North described that act as an "insult" to Mr Hansen and his family.

The judge said blood trails suggested Pearson had moved Mr Hansen's body.

Mr Hansen's daughter, Rachael Hansen, read her victim impact statement in court. She said Mr Hansen lived with her and her family.

"He was my rock and at times my sanity. He was my partner's fishing buddy, work colleague and best friend and my children's hero," she said.

Ms Hansen said the loss of her hardworking father had "broken" her and her family.

"My dad taught me in life that harvesting hatred was soul-destroying," she said.

"I have forgiven you for what you did but I will never forget the heartbreak and devastation you have caused my family."


Dan Wellington Eric Pearson.
Dan Wellington Eric Pearson.

Crown prosecutor Nigel Rees said that on the evening of December 12, 2014, Pearson had been drinking at his brother's 21st birthday party.

He said that at 2am Pearson had started "going off" and threatened to kill himself with a 20cm knife. He smashed a bottle and threatened to cut his throat.

On the night of the party, Pearson was taken to hospital. At 3am his blood alcohol concentration was 0.215%, four times the legal driving limit.

When police interviewed Pearson, he told them he had blacked out and didn't know what had happened.

Defence barrister Timothy Ryan said Pearson's mother and brother had criticised his sexuality.

After Pearson finished Year 12 in 2013, he had been accepted into an Indigenous dance school in Sydney.

Mr Rees said that in 2014, Pearson had been drunk, gone into a yard and smashed a window with his arm. He had cut his arm and run away from the scene.

Pearson had been placed on a good behaviour bond.

Mr Ryan said Pearson then had been suspended from the dance school and returned to live in Mackay.

Justice North said Pearson had committed an act of "senseless violence" on Mr Hansen.

Pearson was a "tall", "broad-shouldered" and "fit young man" who had cowardly attacked an older man.

Justice North said Pearson had had his fair share of family issues in the past, more recently because of "ridicule" and "taunting" about his sexuality.

Pearson was sentenced to nine years' jail. He has already served just under two years in custody, and will be eligible for parole on December 13, 2018.

Pearson had been charged with murder and armed robbery but the prosecution dropped those charges on Wednesday.

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