Vic­to­rian cy­clist hater con­victed for man­slaugh­ter

Multisport Mecca - - News - — Emma Par­tridge,

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.

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