No jail for driver over hit and run
A 47-year-old man with a significant traffic history will not serve jail time after he struck Scott ‘Moses’ Bradley and left him for dead near Mossman.
Troy Anthony Salam appeared in Mossman Magistrates Court yesterday and received a wholly suspended three-month imprisonment term for 18 months for driving without due care and attention. He also received a wholly suspended six-month imprisonment term for 18 months for failing to remain at a road incident, but he won’t have to spend any time in jail.
Salam also had his licence disqualified for 12 months.
Magistrate Raimund Heggie said the defendant had a poor disregard to road rules and safety of road users. Prosecutor Senior Constable Matthew Mitchell said Salam had a poor traffic history.
“He was convicted of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm when he was 24-years-old and received 240 hours of community service,” he said. “His history includes speeding, driving unregistered, unlicensed and driving under the influence. He should have seen Mr Bradley on the roadway to avoid the collision like the person who found him. He showed a callus disregard for Mr Bradley’s need of assistance.”
Bradley was walking home from his 24th birthday in Mossman on September 3, 2016, when he was struck by Salam’s car on Junction St. Bradley’s DNA was located on the vehicle. It was proved that Salam did not stop and Mr Bradley’s body was found by a motorist some time later.
Sen Constable Mitchell said Bradley suffered significant trauma to the head and torso.
Defence lawyer Peter Haarsma said his client was extremely remorseful. Mrr Haarsma said the defendant isn’t alleged to have caused Bradley’s death.