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Oatlands crash driver who killed four kids will be sentenced in Sydney today

Drunk and drugged-up driver who mowed down four young children on their way to buy ice cream will be sentenced today – as his first reaction to the horrific crash is revealed

  • Oatlands crash driver Samuel William Davidson will be sentenced on Friday
  • He killed Sienna, 8, Angelina, 12, and Antony Abdallah, 13, and Veronique Sakr, 11
  • Pleaded guilty to four counts of manslaughter and three of grievous bodily harm
  • ‘What have I done?… I have killed people… I am going to jail,’ he said after crash

Immediately after Samuel William Davidson mowed down a group of children on a Sydney footpath, killing four of them, he was resigned to being jailed.

On Friday Davidson is expected to find out how long he will spend in prison when he’s sentenced at Parramatta District Court.

The 31-year-old had been drinking, consumed drugs and was speeding when his ute mounted a kerb at Oatlands, in Sydney’s northwest, on February 1 last year.

The children had been walking to a supermarket to buy ice-creams.

Samuel William Davidson (pictured) pleaded guilty to three charges relating to the injuries caused to the other children, including a boy who has suffered permanent brain damage

Samuel William Davidson (pictured) pleaded guilty to three charges relating to the injuries caused to the other children, including a boy who has suffered permanent brain damage

Davidson pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Veronique and Sienna Abdallah, 8, and her siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13 (Abdullah siblings pictured)

Davidson pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Veronique and Sienna Abdallah, 8, and her siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13 (Abdullah siblings pictured)

Davidson pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Veronique and Sienna Abdallah, 8, and her siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13 (Abdullah siblings pictured)

After the crash, Davidson appeared distressed and was heard saying: ‘What have I done?… I have killed people… I am going to jail.’ 

Davidson, a professional truck driver, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Sienna Abdallah, eight, her siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11.

He has also pleaded guilty to three charges relating to the injuries caused to three other children, including a boy who has suffered permanent brain damage.

The court was told Davidson was travelling up to 133km/h in a 50km/h zone and was clocking about 111km/h at the time of impact.

Veronique Sakr was hit and killed together with three of her cousins by an alleged drunk driver in Oatlands, in Sydney's west

Veronique Sakr was hit and killed together with three of her cousins by an alleged drunk driver in Oatlands, in Sydney's west

Veronique Sakr was hit and killed together with three of her cousins by an alleged drunk driver in Oatlands, in Sydney’s west

Danny Abdallah (back right) said during sentencing hearings that Davidson 'ran my children over like a lawn mower would cut grass'

Danny Abdallah (back right) said during sentencing hearings that Davidson 'ran my children over like a lawn mower would cut grass'

Danny Abdallah (back right) said during sentencing hearings that Davidson ‘ran my children over like a lawn mower would cut grass’

He’d also driven erratically, swerving across the road and went through a roundabout on the wrong side before losing control of the ute. 

Police said he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.15 – three times the legal limit – and had MDMA in his system.

Danny Abdallah, father of three of the children who were killed, told the court in March that while he blamed Davidson, he also blamed the culture that says consuming excessive drugs and alcohol was good.

‘This culture needs to stop, because of this culture I buried half of my children,’ Mr Abdallah said.

In her statement Leila Abdallah said she, her husband and the parents of Veronique had forgiven Davidson, referring to their Christian faith and their hope he will find God and repent.

A memorial set up on the footpath on Bettington Road, in Oatlands, where the children were killed on February 1 last year

A memorial set up on the footpath on Bettington Road, in Oatlands, where the children were killed on February 1 last year

A memorial set up on the footpath on Bettington Road, in Oatlands, where the children were killed on February 1 last year


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