A DRIVER jailed for killing two people in separate accidents has been awarded $120,000 compensation.
Alan Philip Brown was dubbed Victoria’s worst driver after he killed passenger Margaret Loveday in 2001, the second time he had killed while driving drunk.
Another woman, Carol Jancic, was injured in the smash, and forced to spend months in intensive care and then rehabilitation.
Serial offender Brown claims to have injured his shoulder and suffered psychological damage when a garden shed roller door closed on him in Loddon Prison in April 2007.
The payout is believed to be one of the largest settlements for injury made to a prisoner.
People Against Lenient Sentencing spokesman Steve Medcraft said the payout was a disgrace.
“I’m staggered. There’s people out there with legitimate claims who are victims of crime who get knocked back. Here’s a bloke who’s had multiple chances, who gets to spend his time pursuing the state,” Mr Medcraft said.
“There’s something not right when a bloke like this can get compensation, but victims of crime get the short end of the stick.”
Brown has had more than 100 convictions, including being caught with blood alcohol readings of .110, .165, .2, .193, .130 and .1.
Brown, who has never held a licence and who was described in court as a loner who had fathered eight children by four different women, killed his cousin in 1989 while driving at almost four times the legal limit.
For that offence, he was sentenced to a minimum of two years and three months, despite a shocking criminal and driving record.
Brown was finally jailed for 14 years, with a minimum of 10 years, in 2002 for the death of Ms Loveday, the heaviest sentence ever handed down for driving offences in Victoria. He had a blood-alcohol reading of .171 at the time.
Road safety campaigner Penny Martin, whose son Josh, 19, was killed by a drink-driver in 2001, was outraged by his sentence.
“Here’s a guy who’s got no regards for road safety, who’s repeatedly broken the law and killed two people,” she said. “If he shouldn’t get the maximum sentence, then who should?”