A 24-year-old man who crashed his motorcycle, killing his pillion passenger, has been sentenced to 15 months jail.

Giles Graham was speeding and had a blood alcohol level of .107 when he crashed his motorcycle on Riverside Drive last March.

Carli Rustand, 24, was killed in the crash.

Graham's lawyer told the court his client was a member of the Australian Army and had recently returned from Afghanistan.

He said he was extremely remorseful, had pleaded guilty at an early opportunity and should be given a suspended sentence.

Magistrate Diane Scaddan said the offence was too serious to warrant a suspended sentence.

The Rustand family has welcomed the decision.

Outside court, the victim's mother Terri Rustand said justice had been done.

"We've just moved house because we couldn't live in the same house any longer," she said.

"We just had our first Christmas without her and the start of a new year without her.

"She was deeply loved by all her family and by her friends."

Graham will be eligible for parole.

 

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