Reduced sentence for Colbert in driver death case

Peter Colbert will spend at least seven and a half years in prison for being guilty of manslaughter


Former Adelaide trucking company boss Peter Colbert’s sentence has been reduced to 10 years during the final resentencing on Tuesday.

South Australian Supreme Court sentenced Colbert to 10 years and six months jail with a non-parole period of seven years and five months, commencing from September 2016.

Colbert was twice found guilty of manslaughter of employee Robert Brimson and for endangering another driver’s life.  

Brimson lost his life when his truck veered off the road and crashed into a pole in Happy Valley, a suburb in Adelaide south.

During the sentence hearing this week, Justice Malcolm Blue found Colbert guilty of the two crimes after failing to heed warnings that his truck had faulty brakes.

The judge described Colbert’s negligence as "the culmination of a course of conduct over two months" which left one driver dead and another suffering psychological ramifications.

The Colbert Transport boss was earlier sentenced to 12 years in prison in the same case, but had won an appeal against the conviction in February this year.

The appeals court had found that the trial court judge’s summing of the case was unbalanced and the jurors needed further directions in the case.

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