Fam­ily wants laws changed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

FAM­ILY of hit and run vic­tim Scott ‘Moses’ Bradley are fight­ing for laws to be changed.

Mr Bradley was killed af­ter walk­ing home from his 24th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in Moss­man in Septem­ber of 2016.

His grief stricken mum, Jan­ice, now wants to see those who face the charge of fail­ing to re­main at the scene of a road in­ci­dent to re­ceive a harsher penalty.

Troy An­thony Salam es­caped a jail term yes­ter­day af­ter plead­ing guilty to the charge.

“The laws need to be changed … oth­er­wise peo­ple will keep do­ing this,” Mrs Bradley said. “We want to push for a new law to be im­ple­mented that if you fail to re­main, you au­to­mat­i­cally get deemed as UIL (un­der the in­flu­ence of liquor/drugs). It’s got to stop, we hope this change will pro­tect oth­ers in the fu­ture.”

Mrs Bradley said her son al­ways used to take long walks af­ter a night out.

“I used to worry about him walk­ing around at night though,” she said in her vic­tim im­pact state­ment.

“Scotty knew from past ex­pe­ri­ence not to sleep in the open. Sadly Scotty didn’t make it back to Cooya Beach.

“Our fam­ily, Scotty’s many friends and ac­quain­tances, the coun­cil worker who found our Scotty have had our world as we knew it de­stroyed for­ever.”

The Bradley fam­ily said they sup­port the change.org pe­ti­tion cre­ated by the Bowden fam­ily, who lost their son Michael in Weipa in June.

The pe­ti­tion asks for ‘a max­i­mum penalty of 10 years im­pris­on­ment for driv­ers who kill peo­ple and leave the scene’. Eigh­teen-year-old Har­ley Amos was struck by a car and killed two months ago in Dim­bu­lah.

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