- Timothy Wagner pleaded guilty to hitting grandmother Ethel Boyce in Adelaide
- The grandmother, 74, was returning home from church in the city’s north in 2016
- Daughter thanks Wagner for his guilty plea and remorse shown for killing mother
- Wagner, 24, was high on cannabis and trying to evade police when he hit gran
A driver high on cannabis who killed an elderly woman in Adelaide has been thanked by the victim’s family in court.
Timothy Wagner killed grandmother Ethel Boyce while trying to escape police in the city’s northern suburb of Elizabeth South in 2016.
The 24-year-old appeared in court on Wednesday as submissions for sentencing were handed to the court.
Ethel Boyce (pictured left) was killed when Timothy Boyce (pictured right) hit her while he was high on cannabis
Wagner was trying to evade police when the smash happened in Elizabeth South in northern Adelaide in 2016
Wagner is due to face sentencing when the judge returns his verdict in March.
Ms Boyce, 74, was returning home from church when she was struck and killed by Wagner, who was driving a Holden sedan, Nine News reported.
But her family dramatically thanked Wagner for his early guilty plea.
In a victim impact statement submitted to the court, Ms Boyce’s daughter Fiona Auckram, said: ‘Thank you for pleading guilty. I hope one day you can rebuild your life.’
Ms Boyce’s daughter thanked Wagner for his early plea in court saying she hoped he be able to rebuild his life
She also expressed her grief and sadness for what had happened as one of three family members to submit statements.
Wagner’s mother was present in court as the submissions were read out and he described his own ‘overwhelming guilt’.
‘I just wish I could go back in time and change my actions,’ he added.
The judge is due to deliver his verdict on sentencing Wagner next month as prosecutors called for a prison sentence
Guidelines state Wagner could receive a 30% reduction to his sentence as his early plea is considered by the judge.
His defence also asked for further consideration to be taken for his client’s intellectual disability.
The prosecution said they were satisfied for his handicap to be taken under consideration by the judge by called for a prison sentence for the nature of the offence.