The bodies of two young brothers who were allegedly mowed down and killed by an unlicensed driver remain in the morgue five weeks after the tragedy
The bodies of two young brothers who were allegedly mowed down and killed by an unlicensed driver remain in the morgue five weeks after the tragedy.
Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, died after Jacob Steven Donn, 25, allegedly lost control of his vehicle and crashed into them outside a public swimming pool in Wellington, New South Wales, on January 5.
Their funerals have been delayed because their father Joseph Shorey and mum Shayleen Frail are unable to agree on where, or even if, they should be buried.
Ms Frail, 34, – who was with her sons when they died and suffered serious injuries – wants them to be buried close to her in Wellington.
But Mr Shorey, who now lives in Queensland, wants them to be cremated so both parents – and also their older brother – can share the ashes of the two boys.
Joseph Shorey (left) and Shayleen Frail (right) remain at odds over the best way to lay their two sons Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, to rest almost five weeks after a car crash in New South Wales that claimed their lives
Sheldon (left), 6, and Shane (right), 7, were killed when an out-of-control car allegedly driven by Jacob Steven Donn, 35, ploughed into them on Warne Street, Wellington, on January 5
Police allege Donn was performing burnouts on Warne Street in his red Holden (pictured) when he lost control, mounted the gutter and hit the group of five pedestrians
A costly legal battle in the Supreme Court is now underway as the boys’ bodies remain in a Newcastle morgue.
‘All we want now is to have a cremation so we can have their ashes and spirits with us. I’m not wanting to bury the kids up here, because it’s a long distance from her family. I want a cremation where we both get to have the boys with us and have them close,’ Mr Shorey told The Dubbo News.
Members of the public donated about $25,000 to help with the boys funeral costs.
But with the matter set to go before court on February 17, Mr Shorey said he has used a portion of the money on legal bills.
‘It’s there for the funerals, but I’m off work at the moment so we’ve paid a couple of bills out of it too,’ Mr Shorey said.
‘I spoke to the person who set it up and they said “yeah make sure you’re paying the bills so you’re not losing your house and that”.’
Donn is facing a total of 14 charges, including dangerous driving occasioning death and drug possession
The grieving father was laid off from his coal mining job in December and says he’s now struggling to provide for his remaining family.
Despite the tragedy occurring in Wellington, the boys had only spent a few years of their lives there.
Shane was born in Dubbo in 2011, before they moved to Mudgee ahead of Sheldon’s birth in 2014.
They moved to Wellington two years later, but Ms Frail would spend almost two out of the next four years in prison.
This led to Mr Shorey moving up to Queensland with his three boys.
The boys’ father Joseph Shorey (pictured in blue) made an emotional visit to the scene a day after the crash, having driven through the night from his Queensland home
Mr Shorey lays a hand on the broken black fence that Donn’s red Holden allegedly ploughed through
The crash happened just outside the Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre (pictured) where Ms Frail was intending to take her sons, and two other boys, for a swim
But Ms Frail told Nine News her sons must be buried in Wellington.
‘Wellington most definitely was and still is their home, they started off their little lives here,’ she said.
‘They need to come home, they need to be buried here in Wellington where they are loved, where their family is.’
Donn has been charged with 14 offences including dangerous driving causing death, negligent driving causing death and drug procession.
He is yet to enter a plea and remains behind bars on remand.
He is due to appear in court in March.
More than $25,000 has so far been raised to help fund the funerals for Shane and Sheldon via generous
Both parents have told how their children were all incredible sporty and loved the outdoors (Pictured on their scooters above are Shane, left, and Sheldon, right.