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Man sentenced after crash

A man who was driving a 10-tonne truck when it crashed north of Dubbo, causing grievous bodily harm to a passenger, will have a jail sentence hanging over him for the next year.
Nanjing Night Net

Sukhmeet Singh, 20, was not licensed to drive the vehicle when it crashed with him behind the wheel in March on the Newell Highway near Tooraweenah.

The passenger suffered a significant head injury as a result.

Singh pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm by negligent act and to driving a motor vehicle without being licensed for that purpose when he faced Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday.

Magistrate Philip Stewart said he accepted Singh was genuinely remorseful, but sentenced him to a 12-month jail term, suspended on the condition he enter a bond.

Singh was also fined $3000 for causing grievous bodily harm and disqualified from driving for three years.

The court heard Singh had an Indian licence but was not licensed in NSW or Victoria.

On March 8 the victim, who was working as a removalist, and Singh, who was assisting him, were driving from Brisbane to Melbourne, court documents show.

About 5am Singh was the driver of the truck, fully laden with furniture, the documents show.

The victim was seated in the cabin and was not wearing a seatbelt.

The truck crossed into the northbound lane and struck the railing.

The impact caused the truck to roll and the victim was ejected and located about nine metres from the truck.

He was airlifted to Westmead Hospital suffering bleeding on the brain.

The impact caused the trailer to disintegrate and furniture and property strewn across the creek bed and on to the highway shoulder.

In submissions, the Crown said it was only good luck the crash was not fatal.

The defence conceded there was a high degree of negligence, but also said the victim did not sustain a long-term injury.

Mr Stewart said he assessed it as mid-level if not higher negligence in driving the truck.

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