Young driver who killed Warrnambool mother to appeal jail sentence

A Warrnambool County Court judge last year jailed Eammon Leddin for four years and three months after he pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death.

A Warrnambool County Court judge last year jailed Eammon Leddin for four years and three months after he pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death.

A YOUNG driver who hit and killed a Warrnambool mother will appeal his jail sentence next week.

A Warrnambool County Court judge last year jailed Eammon Leddin for four years and three months after he pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death.

Mother-of-four Janet Baldam was cycling along Hopkins Point Road when she was struck from behind by a car driven by Leddin in April 2011.

The Court of Appeal will hear Leddin’s case when it sits at the Warrnambool Law Courts from next Monday.

The court, which is a division of the Supreme Court, will sit for three days under presiding Justices Mark Weinberg, Simon Whelan and David Beach.

They will also hear an appeal from Peter John Gale, of Grassmere, who was jailed for four-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to charges of stalking, aggravated burglary and threatening to inflict serious injury. 

Two other cases listed next week relate to sexual offences while a civil appeal involves a dispute under the Accident Compensation Act. 

Justice Weinberg said sittings in regional centres provided a valuable opportunity for interchange between the Court of Appeal and the community.

The Court of Appeal last sat in Warrnambool in November, 2009.

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