Jap Fwy truck driver appeals sentence

A truck driver who killed 4 law enforcement officers in a crash on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway has launched an attraction to decrease the duration of his 22-yr prison sentence.

Mohinder Singh, 49, was shorter on sleep and higher on prescription drugs when he veered into a support lane and crashed a 19-tonne semi-trailer into the Victoria Police officers, who had pulled more than Porsche driver Richard Pusey for dashing.

Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney had been killed in the April 2020 crash.

Singh was previous 12 months jailed for 22 several years following pleading guilty to culpable driving causing loss of life. He will have to provide 18-and-a-fifty percent years ahead of he is qualified for parole.

He appeared in Victoria’s Court of Appeal on Monday by videolink from prison, with his barrister Peter Morrissey arguing the sentence was “manifestly abnormal”.

Mr Morrissey explained the sentence did not give plenty of excess weight to Singh’s early plea of responsible, his regret and his psychological conditions.

He reported Supreme Court docket Justice Paul Coghlan’s sentence on every of the four culpable driving offences was “exceptionally stern”.

“The first sentence is as well significant … It wanted to be significantly lighter than it was,” he told the court docket.

Mr Morrissey also argued Singh’s non-parole period of time was much too long and that his client had some potential clients for rehabilitation.

Prosecutors turned down the appeal’s grounds, arguing the sentence and non-parole period had been within just the range open to Justice Coghlan for these critical offending.

Family members of the four law enforcement officers attended the enchantment listening to, which continues before President Karin Emerton and Justices Emilios Kyrou and Terry Forrest.

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