Oatlands crash driver Samuel Davidson appeals verdict

A drunk and drugged driver who killed four Sydney children is appealing his “crushing” 28-year prison sentence.

A man who killed four children while high on drugs has put forward an unusual excuse as he tried to reduce his prison sentence.

Samuel William Davidson pleaded guilty to four counts of manslaughter after causing the deaths of three Abdallah siblings – Antony, 11, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 9 – and their cousin Veronique in February 2020 in Oatlands in Sydney’s northwest. Sakr (11).

The kids were out walking to get ice cream on Bettington Road in Oatlands when Davidson, 32, lost control of a Mitsubishi Triton and mowed them down while traveling at over 80mph.

Three other children were also affected by the ute and one is now living with a permanent brain injury.

Tests conducted after the crash revealed that Davidson had nearly three times the legal amount of alcohol in his system, along with cocaine and MDMA.

A judge of the NSW District Court convicted Davidson and sentenced him to up to 28 years behind bars with a non-parole period of 21 years.

The verdict was appealed and heard for the first time in the NSW Criminal Court of Appeal on Monday.

The Parramatta Advertiser reports that Davidson’s attorney Stephen Odgers SC told the court that the sentence Davidson handed out was excessive.

“I think that’s a crushing sentence, with all due respect,” said Mr Odgers.

The court heard that Davidson was of good character and had no criminal record prior to the crash.

Mr Odgers told the court Davidson’s time in custody would be “heavier” because of his…

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The court heard that he was diagnosed at age five and stopped taking medication when he was 26.

Crown Prosecutor David Kell said Davidson’s sentence was not excessive and reflected the seriousness of the crime and the danger he posed to other road users.

The court heard that Davidson got behind the wheel after a day of drinking and drug use, while in the moments before the accident he ran a red light and on the wrong side of the road while raising his middle finger at another driver with children in their arms. car.

Outside the court, Veronique’s mother Bridget Sakr said the appeal had “opened the wounds again”.

The decision on the appeal has been reserved.

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