‘It’s too severe’: High profile lawyer says bus driver’s sentence must be appealed
One of Melbourne’s top law authorities says the sentence applied to a bus driver who slammed into the Montague Street bridge was heavy-handed and ripe for appeal.
Jack Aston was jailed for five years and three months after crashing a bus into the Montague Street bridge in 2016, injuring six passengers.
The sentence has come under fire from many quarters, and prompted public rally in Melbourne at the weekend (pictured above).
And today high-profile lawyer David Galbally AM QC joined the chorus, telling 3AW Drive the sentence was “too severe”.
“The sentence is a severe sentence, and from my experience … it’s out of the range,” he said.
“It’s too severe, there’s no doubt about that, and it has to be appealed.
“As you rightly said, for what happened, some time will have to be served the type of incident it was.
“But the length of time … in my opinion is just too high.”
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