Pedes­trian killer jailed

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A PEDES­TRIAN killed by a drunk-driv­ing tourist at Air­lie Beach last year was not found by po­lice or passers-by un­til hours af­ter they at­tended the scene, a court was told.

Omer It­shaky, 24, yesterday was sen­tenced in the Bris­bane Dis­trict Court to five years’ in jail af­ter plead­ing guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing the death of a pedes­trian while in­tox­i­cated.

The for­mer Is­raeli sol­dier and medic will be re­leased from cus­tody af­ter serv­ing 18 months. The re­main­der of the sen­tence will be sus­pended for five years.

It­shaky killed Kevin Bankier, 46, as he walked home af­ter spend­ing the night with friends at a yacht club on Novem­ber 5, 2017.

Mr Bankier’s mother Luci Bankier said the court case had brought her no clo­sure.

“Since he died I’ve just felt like a shell of a per­son and now I feel worse than the day he died,” she said.

It­shaky was also sen­tenced to con­cur­rent jail terms for fail­ing to pro­vide a breath test and pos­sess­ing drugs and uten­sils. The court was told It­shaky re­turned a blood al­co­hol read­ing of 0.120, more than twice the le­gal limit.

It was told he had been seen swerv­ing on Shute Har­bour Rd be­fore he veered into a turn­ing lane and hit Mr Bankier.

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