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Australia Woman cleared of murder after driving car into teenagers

20:55  14 february  2020
20:55  14 february  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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A Perth woman is cleared of murder but found guilty of the lesser charge of unlawfully killing a teenager and injuring four of his friends after running them down in a high-powered car . Aya Hishmeh ran into the group of teenagers while they were standing at a bus stop.

Aya Hishmeh, 23, has been cleared of murder but convicted of unlawfully killing teenager Jacob Cummins by running him down with her car in Perth. (Supplied). Prosecutors alleged Hishmeh was speeding at 78 km/h in a 50 zone when she mounted a kerb and struck the teenagers on a footpath

A young woman has been found not guilty of murder but convicted of unlawfully killing a teenager by running him down with her car in Perth.

Aya Hishmeh, 23, stood trial in the WA Supreme Court charged with murdering 17-year-old Jacob Cummins and attempting to kill Robert Bell, Augustine Janga, Mark Kickett and Anwre Ige in Canning Vale in December 2017.

The jury returned its decisions today after deliberating for about half a day.

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'Vengeful' woman , 23, who drove a speeding car into a group of teenagers - killing one - 'because they bullied her brother' is CLEARED of murder - as Jacob Cummins, 17, died after being run over by Hishmeh's car in Perth in 2017. She has also been cleared of the attempted murder of four other

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Hishmeh was also convicted of the lesser charges of committing bodily harm against Mr Bell and grievous bodily harm against the other three boys.

a person in a black shirt: Aya Hishmeh, 23, has been cleared of murder but convicted of unlawfully killing teenager Jacob Cummins by running him down with her car in Perth.© Supplied Aya Hishmeh, 23, has been cleared of murder but convicted of unlawfully killing teenager Jacob Cummins by running him down with her car in Perth.

Prosecutors alleged Hishmeh was speeding at 78 km/h in a 50 zone when she mounted a kerb and struck the teenagers on a footpath in an act of vengeance.

Hishmeh admitted she had been "fuming" when she learnt her younger brother had been struck in the face during a brawl between rival groups of boys at a park and her sister had later been slashed on the arm.

But she claimed her anger had weakened by the time she got behind the wheel of her car with her then-fiance sitting in the front passenger seat.

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Hishmeh accepted she had made the "stupid mistake" to speed, but claimed she only wanted to threaten the boys, and tell them to stay away from her family.

She repeatedly cried during the trial, including while viewing a video of her police interview and when she took the stand to testify.

a person posing for the camera: Jacob Cummins, 17, died after being struck by a car in Perth driven by Aya Hishmeh, 23, She has been found not guilty of murder but convicted of unlawfully killing him.© Supplied Jacob Cummins, 17, died after being struck by a car in Perth driven by Aya Hishmeh, 23, She has been found not guilty of murder but convicted of unlawfully killing him.

Hishmeh said when she failed to find Jacob's pulse she panicked.

"I was in shock. I was just scared. I didn't know what was going on," she testified.

During her police interview, Hishmeh said she was angry but would never hurt anyone, although she conceded she had been suspended from school for two separate acts of violence.

"I hate horror movies, I hate watching scenes of people getting killed or whatnot, and now it's real life," she said.

A boy, who was aged 14 at the time and cannot be named, testified he had to jump out of the way to avoid the car.

a close up of a toy train: The court was told Aya Hishmeh was © 9News The court was told Aya Hishmeh was

"It just missed me. Then it went past me and then I yelled at the boys to move," he said.

"It looked like it was coming straight for us."

The jury was also shown confronting CCTV footage of the crash.

Hishmeh was remanded in custody and will face a sentencing hearing on April 17.

Reported with AAP

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