Victorian cyclist hater convicted for manslaughter
A CYCLIST hater was sentenced to eight years in jail after he killed a Sydney cyclist while on bail and a good behaviour bond for a string of other crimes.
Earlier this month Ben Smith (pictured right),
27, was sentenced to a non-parole period of 5½ years for the manslaughter of father-of-three
Steve Jarvie who was left to die on the side of the Old Pacific Hwy at Cowan in February 2013.
But before Judge Mark Buscombe read out Smith’s sentence, he revealed his criminal history which showed
he has been caught twice for excessive speeding, high-range drink driving and was on bail at the time of Mr Jarvie’s death after being charged with offensive behaviour, resisting arrest and destroying property.
And less than a month after killing Mr Jarvie, Smith was then caught for mid-range drinkdriving.
Smith was found guilty of manslaughter in May this year after a jury heard he had boasted about knocking Mr Jarvie off his pushbike when he sped past on his motorcycle.
During the 10-day trial the court heard Smith left Mr Jarvie on the side of the road and then ranted and raved about how “the c---t deserved it” at the
nearby Road Warriors cafe at Mount White, just north of Sydney.
The court heard evidence Smith, from Wheeler Heights on Sydney’s northern beaches, was possibly racing with his father Mark on the treacherous bends of the Old Pacific Hwy which is a well known spot frequented by cyclists and motorbike riders.
In handing down his sentence Judge Buscombe found Smith had “a strong dislike verging on hate towards cyclists” as evidenced by a Facebook post in which he warned cyclists they would keep “coping 2inch flybys” and abuse if they continued to use the road.