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AustraliaDriver accused over fatal hit-and-run tried to hide his involvement, court told

11:26  16 may  2019
11:26  16 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Giau Van Nguyen was granted conditional bail after a hearing into the death of Arthur (Anthanasious) Frangis, 78, on May 8 at St Albans, in Melbourne's north-west.

Mr Nguyen, 64, is charged with dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop and failing to render assistance.

Detective Leading Constable Kelly Carvill opposed bail, saying Mr Nguyen "has made full admissions he struck the victim".

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She told the court Mr Nguyen had tried to conceal his involvement by taking his car to a repair shop to be fixed within 12 hours of allegedly striking Mr Frangis.

She said Mr Nguyen had a history of disregarding the law — which included speeding and using a mobile phone while driving — and his "driving poses a risk to the community".

She told the court CCTV showed no problems with Mr Nguyen's driving while he was approaching Mr Frangis.

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"He hasn't been paying attention … he sees him [Mr Frangis] … and still mows him down and continues on," Leading Constable Carvill said.

Defence lawyer Alex Lewenberg said his client should be granted bailed with conditions surrounding his driving, and said he posed no flight risk.

Mr Nguyen is a permanent resident originally from Vietnam.

Driver accused over fatal hit-and-run tried to hide his involvement, court told© ABC News The court was told Giau Van Nguyen saw Mr Frangis and still hit him.

"His attempts to conceal suggests it's not above him to possibly flee the jurisdiction," the prosecutor told the court.

Magistrate Kate Hawkins said it was a serious matter because "he left the scene after knocking someone over, who died".

"It is serious offending made worse by the fact you fled the scene and took steps to conceal your involvement," she said.

The court heard Mr Nguyen had poor vision and issues with concentrating and, until September last year, had relied on friends to drive him around.

He also has a heart condition and difficulty breathing.

Magistrate Hawkins granted him bail, acknowledging Mr Nguyen's medical conditions and his family's offer to assist him were some of the compelling reasons for doing so.

As part of his bail Mr Nguyen is forbidden from driving, he must give up his passports and he must abide by a curfew.

He will return to court in October.

Mr Fraggis was a lifelong member of the Westvale Soccer Club and was honoured with a special tribute match after his death.

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