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Justice For Jalal
April 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST
On 14 March 2017, on a straight road with plenty of observation, Ayou Deng ran over and killed Jalal Yassine-Naja.
Jalal was on his way to school and was just 13 years of age. For this crime, plus assault, plus property damage, plus driving unlicensed for the second time, Magistrate Therese McCathy sentenced Ayou Deng to ONLY 80 hours community service.
Jalal’s life is worth a lot more than 80 hours community service. Sadly, Jalal’s death wasn’t even acknowledged by the Police or the courts.
The offender got away ‘scot free’ for his death.
The ALP government of Victoria, the Liberal Party in Victoria, and legal aid will not assist Jalal’s Mother, Olivia. They do not care that we have had another unnecessary death in Victoria where the offender has walked away from the court with an insufficient penalty for the crime.
On 14 March 2018 Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Doug Fryer said, ‘The tragedy highlighted a “gap” in the law’. He further said, ‘We’re progressing and hopefully, there will be some legislative change around unlawful road user causing death and unlawful road user causing injury.’
Once again a senior Police Officer is taking the government line of saying, ‘legislative change is coming.’ But it never does. Legislation to punish offenders who kill and injure people in Victoria never changes. If the government was serious about changing laws, they would have done so by now. After all, Jalal’s tragic death did occur over 12 months ago.
Jalal’s mum Olivia needs closure, as do Jalal’s family and friends. The only way they can have this closure is for the case to be reopened and investigated again.