Dishonest girlfriend of killer truck driver avoids jail

THE girlfriend of truck driver Kenneth Pillar avoided an immediate jail term when sentenced on Tuesday for falsely stating that her partner had a coughing fit before he crashed into a Mount Gambier school teacher’s vehicle, killing the driver.

Belinda Lee Thornton, 32, appeared in the Adelaide District Court to be sentenced for one count of attempting to pervert the court of justice.

The charge related to a fatal crash when Thornton was the passenger in Pillar’s truck on June 16, 2015.

Pillar was driving the semi-trailer over the Swanport Bridge in Murray Bridge when he lost concentration and drove his vehicle onto

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