Baumeister who mowed down and killed three children while drunk and on drugs has his prison sentence reduced – leaving the children’s family ANGRY: ‘This just isn’t right’
- A drunk and drugged builder who killed four children has had his sentence reduced
A drunk and drugged driver who killed four children passed one Sydney walk to buy ice cream, his prison sentence was reduced.
Samuel William Davidson was driving erratically and too fast when he met Veronique Sakr (11) and her cousins Sienna Abdallah (8) and her siblings Angelina (12) and Antony (13).
Immediately after mowing down a group of children on a Sydney footpath, killing four of them, Samuel William Davidson was resigned to his imprisonment
Antony (far left), 13, Angelina (far right), 12, and Sienna Abdallah (front left), 9, died in the horror accident
The 31-year-old plowed into her after his ute climbed a curb in Oatlands, north-west Sydney on February 1, 2020.
He was jailed in April 2021 for 28 years, 21 of which are without parole.
But on Friday the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, in a majority decision, concluded that the time limit was manifestly excessive.
Davidson was again sentenced to 20 years in prison with a 15-year non-parole period.
The professional driver pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the children he killed and also pleaded guilty to three counts of injuring three other children.
A boy has suffered permanent brain damage.
Danny and Leila Abdallah, parents of three of the children killed, have previously said they forgave the driver.
However, Veronique’s mother Bridget is devastated by the decision.
“What does that say about our legal system? What we can do is help change the law so other families don’t go through what we do.
“One thing I want to say is that it was all about him getting a crushing sentence, but it’s our children that were crushed. No one will bring Veronique or her cousins back. I’m just worried about what this means for future tragedies,” she said.
Danny and Leila Abdallah, parents of three of the children killed, have previously said they forgave the driver
The children were on their way to get ice cream when Davidson entered them on February 1
HOW THE TRAGEDY WENT OVER
* Seven children rode their bicycles down the footpath of Beddington Road in the Oatlands just before 8 p.m. on February 1
* The children were on their way to buy ice cream when a Mitsubishi 4WD allegedly ran into them
*Residents rushed to the children’s aid and desperately tried to save them while they waited for the emergency services
*Four children – including a boy, two of his sisters and a family friend – died at the scene
* Another boy, aged 10, was hospitalized with serious head injuries but is now in stable condition
* Two girls were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries
* A 29-year-old Oatlands 4WD driver was given a roadside breath test and reportedly returned a positive result
*Suspected driver Samuel Davidson was arrested and taken to Castle Hill Police with his 24-year-old male passenger\