Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:47 pm

bychosis wrote:
human909 wrote:Anybody running such a defence should get an immediate licence suspension.

and car crushed.

And once they've dealt with the lawyer, repeat for the killer driver
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby redsonic » Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:52 pm

Report on Monday's court session. Covers the injuries sustained, so not for the squeamish:
https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/trial-cyclist-killed-rapidly-due-to-massive-trauma/3327507/

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby BianchiCam » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:09 pm

Reading the long list of injuries. I think the Dr dying was an act of mercy from HIM above.
Would you want to survive something as catastrophic as that?


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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby redsonic » Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:23 pm

Yes, apparently the elderly WA driver was having a hypoglycaemic episode behind the wheel, yet managed to spend 90 minutes in the library before going for some food. :roll:

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby CKinnard » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:34 pm

I thought when an accused used the excuse 'I didn't see the cyclist/pedestrian/car', that they could be found guilty of careless driving (driving without due care).

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby Toyopet » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:57 pm

The WA driver and his legal team may have learnt from Alan Bond (and others).

http://www.smh.com.au/national/total-un ... -h4zf.html

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby redsonic » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:29 am

Warwick Daily News has a paywall up for me now, but a report from The Chronicle:
Defence gives reasons to find 'not guilty' as trial wraps up

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby Scott_C » Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:00 pm

Warwick Daily News is reporting a Guilty verdict for the truck driver on the lesser charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.

https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/new ... t/3331269/

He has not yet been sentenced.

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby CKinnard » Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:06 pm

for those paywall blocked:
https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/new ... t/3331269/

"A jury returned their verdict at Warwick District Court just minutes ago after deliberating for about three and a half hours.

They found Sleba, 47, not guilty of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death before leaving the scene, but guilty of the alternate charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.

The jury concluded Sleba had struck and killed Dr Pearson, but was unaware he had done so.

Dr Pearson was participating in a long-distance cycling event on Anzac Day 2014 when Sleba hit him with his freightliner truck on Inglewood-Millmerran Rd.

Sleba pleaded not guilty to one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death before leaving the scene when his trial commenced last Tuesday, January 30.

Dr Pearson's widow, a forensic pathologist, forensic investigator and sleep specialists were among the witnesses called to the stand during the two-week long trial.

A sentence has not yet been handed down to Sleba for the offence."

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby antigee » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:50 am

not my patch but I wondered about outcome

sentencing not until mid May - but last line of this in trucking industry news feed says remanded in custody

https://www.bigrigs.com.au/news/communi ... e/3346439/

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