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Ex-Victorian batsman imprisoned for hit-and-run

Published: Saturday, August 4, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney: Former Victorian cricketer David Plumpton has been jailed for 18 months over the hit-and-run death of a cyclist in Melbourne two years ago.

Plumpton, 30, fatally knocked down cyclist Matthew Cole, 32, on Plenty Road, Bundoora, in Melbourne's north.

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Victorian County Court was told Plumpton had momentarily fallen asleep at the wheel of his Holden Commodore when the incident occurred about 7am on January 22, 2005.

Mr Cole, who was riding along with a friend, died at the scene.

The court was told Plumpton, from Pascoe Vale South, fled after the accident, at speeds estimated up to 150km/h running a red light before dumping his car in a park about six kms away.

He did not turn himself in to police until 6.20pm that day.

Plumpton had pleaded guilty on July 5 this year, to one count each of dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, reckless conduct endangering life and speeding.

In sentencing yesterday, Judge Edward Campbell said the accident had a devastating effect on Mr Cole's partner of 14 years, Bronwyn Dowton, and his family.

''This accident and the needless death of Mr Cole is shocking and tragic,'' Judge Campbell told the court.

''It has had a devastating'effect on Mr Cole's family and friends,'' he was quoted as saying by The Australian.

Judge Campbell sentenced Plumpton to 18 months jail with a minimum of nine months, fined him 300 dollars and suspended his licence for two years.

Outside court Plumpton's father, Raymond Plumpton, said his family was sorry for what had happened to Mr Cole but admitted ''This has probably ruined his cricket career and lots of things.

I just hope when he comes through all this he comes back and is the son he used to be.'' Plumpton played two one-day games for Victoria in the 2002-2003 season.

UNI

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