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'Davidson allegedly recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15pc - three times the legal limit in Australia.' (stock image)

'Davidson allegedly recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15pc - three times the legal limit in Australia.' (stock image)

'Davidson allegedly recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15pc - three times the legal limit in Australia.' (stock image)

An alleged drunk-driver faces 20 charges including manslaughter after an SUV struck seven children on a Sydney sidewalk, killing four and seriously injuring a fifth.

The children were walking to buy ice-cream when they were struck on Saturday evening by a vehicle driven by Samuel Davidson, according to police.

Three of the children killed were siblings and their brother was taken to a hospital in serious condition. The fourth child killed was the daughter of their father's cousin.

The father, Danny Abdallah, said yesterday he was heartbroken.

"I don't know what to say. I'm numb," Mr Abdallah said. "All I want to say is please, drivers, be careful."

"These kids were just walking innocently, enjoying each other's company... and this morning I woke up and I have lost three kids," he added.

Three of this six children -Antony (13), Angelina (12) and Sienna (9) - were killed. Their 10-year-old brother in serious but stable condition.

Mr Abdallah said his cousin lost an 11-year-old child, Veronique Sakr.

Two other girls aged 10 and 13 suffered minor injuries.

Mr Davidson was arrested at the scene and remains in custody.

The 20 charges against him, including four of manslaughter, were read out in a Sydney court yesterday. He did not appear in court and was refused bail until his next court appearance on April 2.

He has not entered any pleas. Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Davidson allegedly recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15pc - three times the legal limit in Australia.

Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Jason Joyce said the driver remained at the scene until the police arrived.

Irish Independent