Warrnambool man's guilty plea over cyclist’s death

A WARRNAMBOOL man yesterday pleaded guilty to culpable driving after a crash which claimed the life of a mother of four.

Eamonn Leddin, 21, previously of Panmure, appeared briefly in the Warrnambool County Court yesterday. He was bailed to appear back in court on Wednesday.

Janet Baldam died on April 7, 2011 after being struck from behind by a red Mazda coupe as she was riding her bike along Hopkins Point Road.

Judge Mark Taft told Mrs Baldam’s family that he understood the huge pressure they had been confronted with over the two years and eight months the case had been in the system. He also acknowledged  Mr Leddin’s family who were also in court.

Judge Taft said the delay had been unacceptable and he couldn’t comprehend why it had taken so long.

“To have it hanging over your head for two years and eight months is well and truly appalling,” he said.

Mr Leddin’s bail conditions include that he report daily to the Warrnambool police station.

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