A truck driver who left six people in hospital after ploughing through a busy Sydney intersection in 2014 has been sentenced to at least three years in jail.
CCTV footage captured Sarmad Nisan lose control of his 22-tonne truck on Warringah Road in Dee Why. He had ignored the 20km/h speed limit and hit speeds of up to 65km/h on a steep descent before his truck upended, hitting six cars.
Two police officers were seriously injured.
One of the officers, Senior Constable Amy Champion, was on her way to work at the time. She suffered a broken shoulder, broken ribs and a traumatic brain injury.
Nisan told police through an interpreter that his brakes were faulty, however the judge found no evidence of a mechanical fault.
Nisan was found guilty of two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
Judge Payne today told the court the effect on Snr Const Champion had been “truly terrible”.
She said Nisan was not genuinely remorseful as he had never taken responsibility for his actions, as evidenced by his non-guilty plea, and that his moral culpability was “at the higher end” of the range.
“This case is certainly not one of momentary inattention or misjudgement,” she told the court.
“I am firmly of the view all the circumstances demonstrate the abandonment of responsibility.”
The court heard Nisan had previously been of good character.
He obtained a learner licence upon arriving in Australia in 2009 and at the time of the offence had been driving for about five years.
In that time he had committed only one other offence, when he failed to give way at a roundabout.
Judge Payne sentenced Nisan to a total of four years’ imprisonment. He will be eligible for parole in April 2020.
Upon his release he will be disqualified from driving for two years.