Libby Ruge: Mother’s question for daughters killers

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A mother has delivered a heartbreaking message to the men whose out-of-control car crashed into a group of people, killing her daughter.

Libby Ruge was 19 when she was hit and killed by the vehicle while on a night out with friends in Wollongong on November 7, 2020.

She was walking with a group of three other people shortly after 10:30pm when a silver Toyota Camry struck the group, seriously injuring Eva Harrison and Tye West and killing Ms Ruge.

Ms Ruge’s boyfriend, Luke Day, was also with the group at the time and escaped serious injury.

Jaskaran Singh, 20, was found guilty in May this year of three counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and grievous bodily harm and not rendering assistance as a driver.

Arpan Sharma, 22, who pulled the handbrake from the passenger seat, causing the vehicle to skid, pleaded guilty to three dangerous driving charges.

Singh was sentenced on Tuesday to six years behind bars with a non-parole period of four years, while Sharma received five years in jail, with a non-parole period of three years and four months.

During a sentence hearing on Tuesday, Libby’s tearful mother, Julie Ruge, told Singh and Sharma it was “far too late” for an apology.

“Have you … taken responsibility for your actions?” Ms Ruge asked the men, who both appeared in Wollongong District Court.

“How do I put into words the impact of my daughter being killed through no fault of her own?”

Ms Ruge said video taken immediately after the incident showed a lack of remorse and disregard for the death and injuries they had caused.

She recalled receiving the call from her daughter’s “hysterical” boyfriend on the night, telling her there had been an accident, but said “there was no accident”.

Libby’s other mother, Jules Harrison, also confronted the men to share the impact of losing her daughter.

Ms Harrison said she had spent 19 years and 12 days teaching Libby to be a good person and about “the joy you can get from helping others – even those some would say don’t deserve it”.

“I do not have the capacity to hate you. I hate the situation, yes, but not you,” she said.

“If you are truly sorry for the results of your actions, then nothing I can say will make you feel worse,” she told the court.

The court also heard a victim impact statement from Mr Day, who said his future with Libby had been robbed.

Mr Day said the pair had chosen an area to buy land and were planning to travel together and have a family.

“I lost the future I had planned with Libby, my soon to be fiance,” the statement read.

Judge Julia Baly said the case was unusual in that both men could be considered to have been “driving” the vehicle at the time of the crash.

“Mr Sharma had control and management of the vehicle on account of he pulled the handbrake,” she said.

Wearing prison green, Mr Sharma addressed the court, including Libby’s family and friends.

“I just want to say sorry for my actions. Because of my stupid mistake you lost your daughter,” he said.

“I just made the biggest mistake of my life. I wish I could have died on that night. I’m just insanely sorry.

“When I was 17, I lost my father in front of me. I can understand their pain.”

Judge Baly also said she did not consider either of the men to be fully remorseful for their actions in a legal sense.

“I’m sure they’re both very sorry, but remorse is about more than that. It’s about insight and responsibility,” she said.

During the trial Nilesh Mishra, who was being driven home at the time of the incident, said before the accident the men were playing punjabi music and being “silly” including yelling out of the window at pedestrians.

Judge baly accepted that the men were “showing off or hooning” at the time of the accident.

To help preserve the memory of Ms Ruge, who was a part-time dental assistant, her family founded the Libby Ruge Smile Fund, which gives young adults access to transformative dental rehabilitation they otherwise would not be able to afford.

Originally published as Mum’s tragic question as she confronts daughter’s killers in court


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