Driver jailed for manslaughter in Braybrook


Goya Dmytryshchak

A man has been sentenced to jail following the death of a man hit by a car in Braybrook in 2017.

Ahmed Sharif, 28, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Paul Duncanson, aged 40.

Supreme Court Justice Andrew Tinney sentenced Sharif to five years and six months, with a minimum of three and a half years.

Mr Duncanson had earlier been assaulted by a group of men associated with Sharif in Ballarat Road, Braybrook, the court heard.

His brother, Sean Duncanson, 44, told the court the pair were later walking along Castley Crescent when Sharif’s vehicle drove slowly past and Paul recognised some of the occupants as those with whom he had the earlier run-in.

Sean stated that he and his brother caught up with the vehicle and broke a number of car windows.

The court heard that Sharif drove away before turning his vehicle around and running into Paul Duncanson with sufficient force to send him flying into the air.

Sharif’s accomplices, Salah Abukar, 26, and Dawuud Abdi, 24, then bashed Sean Duncanson. He spent more than a month in hospital recovering from injuries sustained in the attack.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Cheryl Duncanson described being confronted with the news of the death of one son and the critical injuries suffered by the other as being her “worst nightmare”. She said this was especially so after the tragic deaths of two of her other children in 1987 and 1999.

Abukar and Abdi were found guilty of affray and intentionally causing serious injury to Sean Duncanson and were both jailed for six years and nine months with a minimum of four and a half years.