Trucking boss guilty of SA manslaughter


An Adelaide transport company boss has been found guilty of the manslaughter of one of his drivers over failing to repair faulty brakes on a truck.

Robert Brimson, 45, died in 2014 when his truck crashed into a pole as he desperately pumped his failed brakes and veered away from other motorists.

In the Supreme Court on Tuesday, a jury took less than an hour to find Mr Brimson's boss, Peter Francis Colbert, guilty of manslaughter and endangering life.

The 57-year-old was previously found guilty of the same offences, but had the verdicts overturned on appeal and a new trial ordered.

He was the sole director and shareholder in Colbert Transport and was responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the company's fleet of 11 trucks.

During his first trial, the court heard Mr Brimson took evasive action to avoid heavy traffic at suburban Happy Valley before his truck slammed into the pole.

The court was also told Colbert was repeatedly warned about the truck's faulty brakes but denied any knowledge of the problems.

After Tuesday's verdicts his bail was revoked and he was remanded to appear in court again on September 21.