A court has heard that passengers killed in a rollover in Central Australia last year had pleaded with the drunk driver of the vehicle to slow down moments before the accident.

The court heard that passengers screamed at 25-year-old Garth Ngalkin to slow down shortly before he lost control of the car and it rolled three times.

Three of the five people in the car were killed in the accident in December on a road between Alice Springs and Hermannsburg.

The Northern Territory Supreme Court at Alice Springs heard the vehicle was not being pursued by police at the time of the accident.

Officers had abandoned an earlier chase after the driver failed to pull over.

Ngalkin was disqualified from driving at the time of the accident and had a very poor driving record.

Today, a judge sentenced Ngalkin to six years in prison after he had pleaded guilty to three counts of driving dangerously causing death, and one charge of recklessly engaging in conduct that gave rise to danger causing death.

He set a non-parole period of three years.

 

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