Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

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Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby redsonic » Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:36 pm

You may remember the Inglewood hit and run where Dr Martin Pearson (participating in an Audax event) was struck and left for dead when hit from behind by a truck.
The accused driver, Geoffrey Sleba, is facing court today. May justice be served.

http://www.chinchillanews.com.au/news/trial-begins-alleged-hit-and-run-truckie/3101001/

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby warthog1 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:57 pm

I'm sure you know, but keep your expectations low (pancake flat on the ground actually) and you wont be disappointed :|

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Postby Leaf T » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:21 pm

"Police will allege the Lowood veterinarian was participating in a cycling event when Sleba's road train struck and killed him."

And...? :? Do they mean something by that? Was he breaking the law?

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Postby silentC » Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:38 pm

Poor sentence structure, there should be a comma after "event".
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Postby il padrone » Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:57 pm

Dr Martin Pearson was riding in the last stage of an Audax ride - riding alone. No-one really knows at all what he was doing. It was some time later that following cyclists in the event came upon his bike and body.

Maybe Sleba knows what Pearson was doing, but probably not, as it is likely he (Sleba) was asleep or on drugs.
Mandatory helmet law?
"An unjustified and unethical imposition on a healthy activity."

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Postby fat and old » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:41 am

il padrone wrote: as it is likely he (Sleba) was asleep or on drugs.


How do you know that?

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Postby il padrone » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:21 am

I don't.

That's why I said "likely", not "he was".

Of course, he may not have been, but long-distance truck-driver.... open road.... no others about...... no adverse conditions (afternoon if I recall and they were both heading NNE I think on that road). You sort it out. Yes, I may be speaking with no evidence, but I'm not about to 'go in to bat' for the truck-driver. Shall listen for the trial verdict.
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Postby familyguy » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:26 pm

Aaaaaaaaaaaand it's over before it begins. "New evidence has been sprung" on the defence by the Crown, jury discharged, new date probably Feb 2017.

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/tri ... r/3101562/

FFS.

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Postby fat and old » Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:25 pm

il padrone wrote:I don't.

That's why I said "likely", not "he was".

Of course, he may not have been, but long-distance truck-driver.... open road.... no others about...... no adverse conditions (afternoon if I recall and they were both heading NNE I think on that road). You sort it out. Yes, I may be speaking with no evidence, but I'm not about to 'go in to bat' for the truck-driver. Shall listen for the trial verdict.


Not going in to bat for the bloke IP. Not at all. Just sick of the "I fell asleep" or "I was on drugs" crap excuse. How about "I just don't give a flying"? Sums it up for me. No extenuating circumstances, sorry childhoods, employer pressures etc. Just I don't care. Coz that's what it is.

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Postby eldavo » Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:32 pm

il padrone wrote:I don't.

That's why I said "likely", not "he was".

Of course, he may not have been, but long-distance truck-driver.... open road.... no others about...... no adverse conditions (afternoon if I recall and they were both heading NNE I think on that road). You sort it out. Yes, I may be speaking with no evidence, but I'm not about to 'go in to bat' for the truck-driver. Shall listen for the trial verdict.


When the forumula (sic) is so predictable, it chalks up as another blemish of a sick society that we can "understand the way the world works" being that money is the highest motivation. Follow the money and we're acknowledging it's OK to have an industry operating in a poverty state so that others can function and profit excessively from it.
The system (made up of us people) are OK to hang this guy out to dry and call it a day. Issue "should-nots" and point to the law, but not make any revolution waves that would affect anyone's comfort levels, then send condolences and prayers to the victim's family on Sunday.

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Postby eldavo » Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:35 pm

fat and old wrote:Not going in to bat for the bloke IP. Not at all. Just sick of the "I fell asleep" or "I was on drugs" crap excuse. How about "I just don't give a flying"? Sums it up for me. No extenuating circumstances, sorry childhoods, employer pressures etc. Just I don't care. Coz that's what it is.

Where has the disregard for vulnerable road users come from?

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby redsonic » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:31 am

Judge postpones Geoffrey Sleba trial yet again as it is likely to clash with his holidays...
It has only been 3 years :roll:

https://www.thereporter.com.au/news/time-too-risky-for-trial/3188844/

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby cp123 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:31 pm

is this guy still out? ie he's not on remand?


More importantly - has his licence been cancelled/suspended in the meantime or is he still driving amongst us? :shock: :shock: and or still driving trucks?

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Postby Leaf T » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:54 pm

Only 3 years? Good thing the the judge in question is adamant about clearing through the backlog of cases. I guess he's been flat out clearing the backlog and needs a holiday. https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/n ... l/1166652/

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Postby redsonic » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:19 am

Finally, a jury has been empanelled, and Sleba faces his first day at court today:

https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/truck-driver-accused-of-hit-and-run-stands-trial-i/3322381/

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Postby singlespeedscott » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:02 pm

I so do hope there is no more delays. I really feel for his family.
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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby madmacca » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:05 pm

So from the news article, the defence is running a dual strategy:

1. "It wasn't me that hit him".
2. "If I did hit him, it was the cyclists fault, because we can't be sure whether he had the taillight on or not".

I sometimes wish that judges would hold lawyers who run contradictory defences like this in contempt of court.

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Postby Scott_C » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:59 pm

madmacca wrote:So from the news article, the defence is running a dual strategy:

1. "It wasn't me that hit him".
2. "If I did hit him, it was the cyclists fault, because we can't be sure whether he had the taillight on or not".

I sometimes wish that judges would hold lawyers who run contradictory defences like this in contempt of court.

We have a case going on in WA where the defence is running a triple strategy:
1. You proved my car hit her (because her DNA was found on the car's underbody) but that doesn't prove I was driving;
2. I have type 2 diabetes and had a hypoglycaemic episode so I was acting without conscious input (which I then miraculously recovered from without eating anything) if I was driving; and,
3. I have sleep apnoea and microslept through the collision, if I was driving and if I was not having a hypoglycaemic episode.

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby human909 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:22 pm

Anybody running such a defence should get an immediate licence suspension.

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Postby bychosis » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:29 pm

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

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby CKinnard » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:31 pm

Some years prior, wasn't this truck driver cleared of suspicion after shooting his wife in the back, killing her instantly?

And wasn't evidence found at the cyclist death scene of a smashed headlight, that was later shown to match the recently replaced headlight of the driver's truck?

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Postby CKinnard » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:37 pm

ah yes, and the unfortunate wife was within 1 meter of the gun when shot.
and the accused had been sending sexually inappropriate texts to another woman some months beforehand.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/quee ... 5a9f5994ec

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Re: Trial begins for Queensland Truckie accused of killing cyclist

Postby CKinnard » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:06 pm

Report after Thursday's court session.
https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/new ... i/3324511/

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