Barry John Reidy, 56, confronted a sentence listening to in Downing Centre District Courtroom after being convicted at a jury trial earlier this yr of harmful driving occasioning dying following the deadly incident at Doonside on March 31, 2020.
Reidy, a council employee, was behind the wheel when his truck hit and killed 61-year-old Dani Gordon as she crossed the street within the western Sydney suburb.
On Friday, Reidy advised the court docket he needed to settle for the jury’s verdict.
“I am so sorry for what’s occurred. If I might take it again I would take it again in a heartbeat,” he stated, choking again tears, to family and friends of Ms Gordon in court docket.
“It was purely a horrible accident.”
Reidy’s barrister, Sophie Walsh, urged Decide Sharon Harris to not impose a custodial sentence on her consumer for what she termed his “momentary inattention” behind the wheel, which induced Ms Gordon’s dying.
In her submissions, she stated Reidy, an skilled rubbish truck driver, was going 30km/h in a 60km/h zone in a darkish, slender road with no footpaths when the incident occurred within the early morning.
She pointed to the truck’s sprint cam selecting up Ms Gordon for under 0.88 second earlier than the deadly collision.
The barrister argued Reidy was a person of fine character from an impoverished background who was dedicated to the area people and his household, and had developed a “main depressive dysfunction” after Ms Gordon’s dying.
“He’ll proceed to undergo because of what occurred,” Ms Walsh stated.
She conceded that whereas it was a “very severe matter” the suitable punishment for Reidy was a prolonged group service order.
Crown prosecutor Andrew Isaacs, in his argument, famous there was no responsible plea from Reidy to bear in mind and that the incident occurred in a residential road that the motive force was accustomed to.
Earlier, Ms Gordon’s widower, Graham Wilson, learn a sufferer influence assertion to the court docket, recalling how he went into shock on the scene of the incident.
“I felt my coronary heart was being ripped out of my physique,” Mr Wilson stated.
He stated he held onto the great instances that the pair had collectively, would at all times keep in mind the second he met Ms Gordon and nonetheless spoke to a photograph of her in the home that they had shared.
“I battle to get off the bed day-after-day,” he stated.
Decide Harris adjourned the matter to October 6 for sentence.