Bid on fa­tal crash charge fails

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A DRIVER charged with caus­ing a mate’s death has failed in his bid to have any po­ten­tial jail time slashed in half.

Lam­bros Me­garhi­o­tis does not dis­pute that he is to blame for the sense­less death of Matthew Vas­si­lakis on Fe­bru­ary 17 last year.

Mr Me­garhi­o­tis was speed­ing at least dou­ble the 50kmh limit when he crashed into a pole in a quiet Clarinda street.

But he says that only makes him guilty of dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death, not the more se­ri­ous cul­pa­ble driv­ing.

Dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of 10 years’ im­pris­on­ment — half that of cul­pa­ble driv­ing.

Mr Me­garhi­o­tis tried in vain yes­ter­day to have the more se­ri­ous charge thrown out of court at a short pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

He ar­gued that de­spite speed­ing, he wasn’t drunk, hadn’t used drugs and wasn’t on his phone.

His lawyer told the Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates’ Court a jury prop­erly in­structed couldn’t find him guilty of the more se­ri­ous charge.

Mag­is­trate Jo­hanna Met­calf dis­agreed, and com­mit­ted Mr Me­garhi­o­tis to trial in the County Court on both charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

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