“To suggest that this sentence today in any way compensates for the loss of our daughter Annabelle is both absurd and insulting,” Ms Deall’s father David King said outside court.
“Rather we hope the custodial sentence given today will help Mr Belkadi gain some insight into the tragic consequences of his criminal actions.
“Over the last three years we’ve had little evidence he’s had any such insight.”
The court heard Belkadi was doing 60km/h in a 50km/h zone when he drove over a rise and saw Ms Deall and her friends crossing the road to The Cowrie restaurant about 30 metres in front him.
In an attempt to avoid them, he swerved over double lines onto the other side of the road.
However, Ms Deall and another friend stepped into the path of the car, hitting her and vaulting her over the top of the vehicle.
Meagan Darling, who was 23 weeks pregnant at the time, was hit by the car’s passenger side mirror and spent three days in hospital with pelvic injuries.
Judge Huggett said while Belkadi did not intend to harm Ms Deall, his speeding contributed to her death.
She described his speeding as a “deliberate and grave error of judgment”.
“The decision was made without regard for their safety,” Judge Huggett said.
The court heard Belkadi had an unblemished criminal record, but an extensive history for driving offences and twice had his licence suspended.
Since gaining his L-plates in 2011, he has been found guilty of six speeding offences including one for driving more than 40km/h over the speed limit in Queensland in 2015.
“Only Mr Belkadi and the others in his car really know what happened that night, the manner and speed of his driving,” Mr King said.
“We taught our daughter how to cross the road.
Annabelle was an exceptional person and we will continue to gain strength from and inspired by the way she lived her life.
David King, Annabelle Deall’s father
“Annabelle was an exceptional person and we will continue to gain strength from and inspired by the way she lived her life.
“We miss her every day.”