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Man not guilty of Dougty's manslaughter

21 Juillet 2017

A man who fatally ran over teenager Elijah Doughty a year ago in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, has been found not guilty of manslaughter.

The man admitted he was driving dangerously when he chased the 14-year-old Aboriginal boy down a track at an estimated speed of 67km/h, but denied he was criminally negligent.

The trial lasted four days and almost seven hours of deliberations came to the result.

The verdict handed down to the man carries a three-year prison sentence - considerably less than the maximum possible manslaughter sentence of life in jail - with parole possible in February due to the man being remanded in custody since August 2016.

Crowds take to the streets in Kalgoorlie on Friday. Source 7 News
Crowds take to the streets in Kalgoorlie on Friday. Source 7 News

He was also disqualified from driving for two years.

Members of the public reportedly yelled abuse at the man before the court was adjourned.

At the same time, a large protest crowd gathered in Kalgoorlie as the verdict was delivered. Justice. When do we want it?

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Man not guilty of Dougty's manslaughter