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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Suspended Sentence Dangerous Driving causing Death $500 fine. Herald Sun 21.12.12
"Argentaro pleaded guilty to one charge of dangerous driving causing death, four charges of dangerous driving causing serious injury and one charge of driving in breach of licence conditions.
He received a two-and-half-year suspended sentence, $500 fine and had his licence cancelled for two years."
A YOUNG man's belated apology for killing his teenage girlfriend in a crash in the south-eastern suburbs was self-serving, a County Court judge said today.
Judge Frank Saccardo said Nicholas Argentaro’s recent apology to the family of Bianca Litchfield – who was 19 when she died in his car almost two years ago – might have had more to do with the timing of his court case than his remorse.
“It is probable, in my opinion, the timing of your letter involves a mixture of some self-interest in the presence of emotional immaturity and remorse in respect of the horrific consequences of your driving,” Judge Saccardo told the 22-year-old.
But the judge, in wholly suspending his jail term, accepted Argentaro did feel true remorse for his behaviour.
On March 19 last year, Argentaro turned right in his Ford Laser across three lanes of oncoming traffic on the Moorooduc Highway, Frankston.
His car and a minivan collided, seriously injuring four of the eight men on board and killing Bianca, who was in the passenger seat of the Laser.
Judge Saccardo said the apprentice panel beater from Carrum Downs tried to cross the highway when it was unsafe, but could not identify his reason for doing so.
He said there was no evidence the unsafe turn, “a single act of inadvertence and misjudgment”, was deliberate or that his driving a manual car in breach of his licence condition contributed to the crash.
“The evidence satisfies me that the sole responsibility for the death of Ms Litchfield and the injuries sustained to the driver and passengers of the other vehicle lies with you,” Judge Saccardo told Argentaro.
“Bianca Litchfield, immediately before she embarked on the journey which took her life in respect of which she entrusted herself in your care, was a vibrant young lady, who was full of life.”
He said the joy Bianca’s parents would have received from seeing the bubbly hairdressing apprentice’s success had been replaced with grief.
“As a result of your driving, her mother and father have lost a much-loved daughter,” Judge Saccardo said.
“Her two older sisters have lost their little sister. The magnitude of that loss is unimaginable…”
Bianca’s mother Denise Litchfield said she felt like her heart was being ripped out when she learnt Bianca had died.
"For a parent to lose a child is the most unbearable, painful thing,” Ms Litchfield told the court last week.
"Every moment of every day my baby is on my mind.”
Argentaro pleaded guilty to one charge of dangerous driving causing death, four charges of dangerous driving causing serious injury and one charge of driving in breach of licence conditions.
He received a two-and-half-year suspended sentence, $500 fine and had his licence cancelled for two years.
Donald Litchfield, Bianca’s father, said the court had done its job.
“The court has made a ruling and that’s all they can do - there are no winners here.”
“Everyone else is about to celebrate Christmas but we’ll be spending ours without our daughter.”