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Truckie Jobandeep Gill jailed for 10 years for causing four deaths in Victoria

Jobandeep Gill leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Gill has been charged with multiple counts of culpable driving over the February 2014 deaths of four members of one family in Catani, south-east of Melbourne. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING Source: AAP

A Victorian truck driver has been found guilty of killing four family members after failing to stop at a stop sign last year and has been jailed for 10 years.

County Court judge Geoffrey Chettle concluded on Friday that Jobandeep Gill was grossly negligent in failing to stop his truck at an intersection in Catani, about 80 kilometres south-east of Melbourne

The Melbourne truck driver had caused a fiery crash when he drove through a stop sign, and earlier this week, was  found guilty of killing a husband and wife and two of their children.

Jobandeep Gill, 28, ignored multiple road warnings as he approached an intersection at Catani, on February 28 last year, a jury has found.

His truck hit a car carrying Stephen and Jade Beckett and their daughter Ella, 6, and son William, 2, who were all killed.

Nine-year-old Samuel Beckett was pulled to safety by a passer-by before the car was engulfed by flames.

Gill was charged with four counts of culpable driving causing death, but pleaded not guilty.

His barrister Tony Lavery told a Victorian County Court trial the engineering of the road made it difficult to see the intersection.

"The engineering of that road was grossly inadequate," Mr Lavery said.

Gill was at the mercy of road authorities, he said.

Prosecutor Jeremy McWilliams said police found no evidence Gill stopped or slowed his Hino heavy rigid truck before the collision.

There were numerous warnings along the road, including signs at least 249 metres before the intersection and red rumble strips on the road almost 80 metres leading up to the stop sign, the court heard.

On Thursday, a jury found the Noble Park man guilty of all charges.

Speaking outside court, Mrs Beckett's aunt, Stella Jovanovic, said the family wished he had acknowledged he had made a mistake.

"I wished he'd just said he'd made a mistake," she told reporters.

"I just wished he'd said: `I've done wrong, I'm sorry,' we haven't even got that from him, he won't acknowledge us at all.

"We could have moved on."

Mrs Beckett's daughter Victoria, 17, said it had been very hard.

"It was one of the worst days of my life."

Samuel is doing really well, Ms Jovanovic said.

 

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