Australian Conservatives support bereaved mother

March 13, 2018

Protests have erupted outside a Victorian court after an unlicensed driver who hit and killed a teenage boy was sentenced to 80 hours of community service, a sentence the Australian Conservatives say is not enough.

Channel 9 reports, Ayou Deng was behind the wheel when Jalal Yassine-Naja, 13, was fatally struck as he crossed a Brookfield road, in Melbourne’s west, on his skateboard in March last year. The mother-of-seven was never charged after the incident was deemed an accident.

But this week she was sentenced to 80 hours’ community work for unlicensed driving, as well as unrelated unlawful assault and criminal damage offences.

Jalal's mother, Olivia Yassine, questioned why Deng was never charged.

“I want it to be acknowledged that she killed a person - my son - and she ran over him. And she did wrong. You do the crime, you do the time,” she said.

Australian Conservatives MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins was among others outside court who took aim at Victoria's judicial system.

Jalal's family said it's not the end of their fight, stating they want an appeal or an inquiry have the case re-examined in the hope police can pursue more charges against Deng.

“That's not right. I will fight for my son. It doesn't matter what it takes. I will get answers out of this and I will appeal it,” Ms Yassine said.

To see the full Channel 9 story, click here.

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