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A 31-year-old heroin addict with extensive driving convictions has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the hit-run death of a Sri Lankan refugeen Australia .

Thiruvadivel Sriskantharajah's was struck by a car driven by Jarrett Swan at a level crossing in Dandenong in January, 2009.

The Sri Lankan refugee was thrown 27 metres in the air and died at the scene.

He had only been in Australia for six months, after being tortured in his homeland.

The Victorian County Court heard Swan was speeding, fatigued and affected by heroin when he failed to stop.

In sentencing, County Court Judge Gabriele Canon, rejected Swan's account that the sun was in his eyes and he believed someone had thrown a rock at his car.

She sentenced Swan to eight years in prison, with a minimum of six years.

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  • Jehan Friday, 04 March 2011 06:10 AM

    Genuine Ausi Homeland Tamils are living happy now.

    trim Friday, 04 March 2011 06:11 AM

    some more will be there.. take them also. you all also can have more trouble..

    Spokesman Friday, 04 March 2011 06:37 AM

    More than enough. If it was in Sri Lanka, still the police would have been investigating to arrest the driver

    Jake Anthony Friday, 04 March 2011 03:51 AM

    "tortured in his homeland"??? Supposed to be tortured by LTTE, isn't it?

    Shanil Friday, 04 March 2011 03:55 AM

    Just eight years?!!

    malkanthi Friday, 04 March 2011 05:14 AM

    Compared to verdict in our country for such accident deaths, isn't this a far better verdict??


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