Left to die: Gurshan Singh Channa
AN INDIAN taxi driver who put an unconscious toddler in the boot of his car, drove around for hours and then dumped his body was jailed for three years today.
Justice Lex Lasry told Gursewak Dhillon, 25, he put his own welfare before that of three-year-old Gurshan Singh and the boy might have lived if he had taken him to hospital.
The judge said Dhillon was concerned he would be blamed for injuring the child and he would be deported from Australia.
“To have spent some hours with the child in your car and to have paid no regard to the welfare of the child as opposed to concern for yourself makes this a very serious offence,” Justice Lasry said.
The judge said Dhillon told police that he opened the front door of the Lalor house he shared with Gurshan’s parents and accidentally struck the toddler.
Dhillon said he panicked but Justice Lasry said he did not accept he thought Gurshan might be dead when he placed him in the boot and drove off.
Dhillon drove around for several hours and dumped the body at Oakland Junction and it was spotted by a passing truck driver later that same day.
“The tragedy of this case is that but for your conduct the death of the child, was in all likelihood, avoidable,” he said.
Dhillon pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to one count of manslaughter by criminal negligence, the offence being committed on March 4 last year.
The judge set a maximum term of five years.