Jail for hit-run driver over death of South Sudanese community figure Abiol Atem Manyang

Jail for hit-run driver over death of South Sudanese community figure Abiol Atem Manyang

8th December 2020 Off By adpublisher

County Court judge Peter Lauritsen on Tuesday said, despite there being a “minuscule” amount of cannabis in Street’s system, there was no suggestion it affected his driving.

But his actions afterwards were “dreadful” and at the very least he should have stopped and contacted emergency services.

“What you did was despicable and cowardly,” Judge Lauritsen said in ordering Street serve 15 months before he is eligible for parole. He has already served three months.

Street, 32, pleaded guilty to failing to stop and render assistance after a fatal accident and driving an unregistered car.

Ms Manyang, 50, was involved in the battle for the liberation of her native South Sudan as a young woman and came to Australia in 2003.

In Melbourne, she was a much-loved and respected leader of her community, a cultural educator and a mentor to young people.

Judge Lauritsen said Ms Manyang’s family members had written of their disbelief at Street’s crimes and one of her daughters said his actions in dumping her body were as “if she was some worthless animal”.

“In effect, they pose the question: ‘How could you do that to her?’ ” the judge said.

Judge Lauritsen took into account Street’s guilty plea, his mental health problems and low intellectual functioning.

Street, who was on his way home from his job as a foreman in a tyre business when he hit Ms Manyang, had his driver’s licence cancelled for five years and was also fined $750.