— With AAP.
Samuel William Davidson, accused of the manslaughter of four children who were hit by a four-wheel-drive in Sydney’s northwest, has been refused bail.
The 29-year-old was behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi ute which struck seven children who were riding bicycles on a footpath in Oatlands on Saturday night.
Davidson was arrested after returning a positive roadside breath test which allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.15, three times over the legal limit.
His case was heard on Sunday at Parramatta Bail Court, where he was charged with 20 offences including four counts of manslaughter, dangerous driving occasioning death and grievous bodily harm, negligent driving and drink-driving.
#BREAKING: A 29-year-old man has been charged with 20 offences including manslaughter and high-range drink-driving after four children were killed in Sydney.
— ABC News (@abcnews) February 1, 2020
Davidson did not appear in court, he also did not apply for bail, which was refused by magistrate John McIntosh. He is apparently scheduled to appear on April 2 in Parramatta Local Court.
Three of the children killed in Saturday night’s incident near Parramatta were siblings and the fourth was a member of their extended family. The group of seven children had been riding on the footpath on their way to buy ice cream when the 4WD mounted the kerb and hit them, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
“Yesterday, I lost three of my children,” Daniel, the father of the three children, told media on Sunday morning.