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Australia Aya Hishmeh breaks down in police interview after learning teenager she hit with car died

21:25  05 february  2020
21:25  05 february  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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An accused murderer has sobbed uncontrollably as she told police she had not meant to run down a group of teenagers on a suburban Perth street, claiming it happened because she was speeding and lost control of her car.

Aya Hishmeh, who turned 23 yesterday, is on trial in the Supreme Court on a charge of murdering 17-year-old Jacob Cummins and attempting to kill four other teenagers, who were hit by her car in Canning Vale in December 2017.

Prosecutors allege Ms Hishmeh, who was then 20, deliberately ran down the group as "an act of vengeance" because her younger brother and sister had been injured in fights earlier in the day.

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She denies the allegation, maintaining she had not intended to hit the teenagers and had only wanted to tell them to stay away from her family.

In a video record of interview with police conducted in the hours after the incident and played to the court today, Ms Hishmeh broke down in tears and sobbed when police told her Jacob Cummins had died.

When asked what had happened, she said when she heard her little brother had been "mobbed" and her sister "slashed", she "went crazy" and was swearing and yelling.

She said she jumped in her car because she wanted to tell the teenagers to stay away from her little brother and little sister.

"I was speeding and I lost control of my car, I don't know what happened," she said during the interview.

"I just wanted to tell them to stop … I just wanted to them to go away.

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"I shouldn't have been speeding and I really swear I did not mean for this to happen."

In the lead up, Ms Hishmeh described herself as "fuming" and "upset", saying her fiance and siblings were telling her to relax and trying to calm her down, but when she was angry, she did not listen to other people.

When asked what made her angry, Ms Hishmeh said it was seeing her family hurt, adding that she was "otherwise a pretty easy-going person".

Later Ms Hishmeh said she had gone looking for the teenagers because she wanted to yell and swear at them, and "to take my frustration out on them".

"I didn't want this to happen, if there was a little bug on my windscreen, I wouldn't kill it, I didn't mean for this," she told the detectives before breaking down in tears.

Ms Hishmeh revealed she was working as an apprentice chef at the time and became emotional when she said she had been due to get married the following year.

"I've got such a good life, I literally do as I please," she said.

"Why would I want to ruin it like this?

"I'm supposed to be getting married next year … why would I want to ruin that?

"They were walking down one of the streets and then I started speeding. Why did I drive? I don't know."

The trial is expected to run for another two weeks.

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