‘It wasn’t investigated correctly’: Calls for Jalal’s law
The mother of the 13-year-old boy killed by an unlicensed driver who was never charged, has told Neil Mitchell she doesn’t believe her son’s death was investigated properly.
One year ago yesterday a 13-year-old named Jalal Yassine-Naja (above) was killed whilst skateboarding in Brookfield near Melton.
He was hit by a 4WD driven by mother-of-seven Ayou Deng (above).
She was charged with unlicensed driving after police deemed it an accident and was was sentenced to 80 hours community service.
Jalal’s mum Olivia Yassine said police have told her due to lack of evidence it can only be classed as an accident, but she doesn’t agree.
“The most that I’ve been told, it narrows down to no one having any CCTV or no witnesses at the site when it happened,” Olivia said.
“This was more than an accident, at the end of the day she shouldn’t have been driving anyway.
“It’s negligence on her behalf.
“As his mum, I feel that it wasn’t investigated correctly.”
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Olivia said there were witnesses to the incident, including a man with a tattoo on his face, who was never spoken to by police.
“I don’t want my son’s death to go unnoticed,” she said.
Program Legal adviser David Galbally QC told Neil unfortunately the charge doesn’t reflect the gravity of the situation.
“The offence for which the individual was charged was unlicensed driving,” Mr Galbally said.
“It doesn’t carry with it, the fact that you killed someone.”
Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Doug Fryer said the tragedy highlighted a “gap” in the law.
“I get that the law was applied and the 80 hours of community service was all that was available,” Mr Fryer said.
“But it’s highlighted there’s a gap, we’re progressing hopefully, some legislative change around unlawful road user causing death and unlawful road user causing injury.”
“We could call it Jalal’s law,” Neil said.
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