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Justice moves slowly in driver/rider crashes

Justice court crash accident

Justice seems to move slowly, especially when it involves drivers charged over a crash with a motorcycle or scooter rider.

In the past week, three drivers have faced NSW courts over crashes with riders stretching back almost four months, yet there are no results so far.

While some may be sceptical that the courts are dragging out these matters and will not deliver justice for the dead and injured riders, it is not uncommon that the legal system moves slowly.

Prosecutors have to develop a water-tight case to ensure that the matter is not thrown out on a technicality. This can take time.

Courts are also overloaded and it can be difficult to fit in a matter that could take days to resolve.

We can’t comment on matters that are before the courts, but we can keep you updated with how the matters are progressing to ensure that justice is not only done, but seen to be done.

Slow justice

These matters are among a raft of others we have been following. Here is the latest on these.

Case 1

Paul Andrew Brown, 55, has pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to stop after colliding with and injuring a Vespa scooter rider in Concord, Sydney, in August.

NSW Police found his ute parked in North Strathfield the next day and pursued him on foot.

He was jailed overnight and appeared in Burwood Local Court the next day where he was again refused bail.

Brown has since been back in court three times, eventually being granted conditional bail.

His matter has been set down for a hearing in Burwood Local Court on May 27.

Case 2

Daniel Marjoribanks has been in and out of court since he allegedly drove his Nissan ute through a red light in Rouse Hill, Sydney, on September 12 and hit a motorcyclist.

He was charged with:

  • Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm;
  • Negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm;
  • Fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm;
  • Fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury;
  • Drive when visiting privileges withdrawn – first offence; and
  • Not give particulars to injured person.

He has appeared twice in the past week for mentions and a bail variation as well as a change of venue for his next appearance from Blacktown Local Court to Parramatta on December 18.

Case 3

P-plate driver Matthew Giusa, 19, of Kellyville, will next appear in court on 20 January 2020.

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death after a crash with a 41-year-old man on a scooter in Five Dock, Sydney, on 24 September.

The driver received conditional bail.