Oatlands crash: Sydney driver Samuel Davidson appeals jail sentence

Oatlands crash: Sydney driver Samuel Davidson appeals jail sentence
Oatlands crash: Sydney driver Samuel Davidson appeals jail sentence

The man who killed four children walking on a footpath while driving drunk and drugged-up will appeal his maximum 28-year prison sentence.

Samuel William Davidson was driving erratically and speeding when he struck Veronique Sakr, 11, and her cousins, Sienna Abdallah, eight, and her siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13.

The children had been walking to buy ice-creams when the 31-year-old ploughed into them after his ute mounted a kerb on Bettington Rd, at Oatlands, in Sydney's northwest on February 1 last year.

Davidson was sentenced to a maximum term in prison of 28 years in April this year but may be eligible for parole after a minimum 21 years. 

His Legal Aid lawyer told the Court of Criminal Appeal on Thursday that Davidson would appeal against his sentence.

A hearing was set for May 2022.  

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

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

Siblings Sienna Abdallah, eight, Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13

Veronique Sakr, 11

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

Danny Abdallah (left) and Leila Abdallah arrive at Parramatta District Court for Davidson's sentencing

Danny Abdallah (left) and Leila Abdallah arrive at Parramatta District Court for Davidson's sentencing

Danny Abdallah (right) said he forgave Davidson 'for your sake, for my sake, and most importantly for my family's sake' in a victim impact statement the court heard in March

Danny Abdallah (right) said he forgave Davidson 'for your sake, for my sake, and most importantly for my family's sake' in a victim impact statement the court heard in March

Davidson is nearly two years into his sentence and is not expected to be eligible for parole until 2041. 

The news will be disappointing for supporters of the Abdullah and Sakr families. The members of both families showed remarkable grace in the wake of the horrific incident.

Danny Abdullah, the father of Sienna, Angelina and Antony, said at the time of Davidson's sentencing that it did not matter whether he received one year or 100 years, 'we won’t get Antony, Angelina, Sienna and Veronique back'. 

'We will all have our hearts broken until the day we take our last breath and no sentence can help ease that pain.' 

In sentencing Davidson at

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