Two men now behind bars over NYE hit-run

Two men now behind bars over NYE hit-run

BOTH men suspected of being involved in the hit-run that killed Jason McCormick on New Year’s Eve were behind bars over night after police arrested the second suspect in Coconut Grove

The 36-year-old’s arrest followed a public tip-off and brought to an end a four-day manhunt involving dozens of uniformed police and detectives.

Detective Acting Sen Sgt Tony Henrys said the man was due to be interviewed overnight as part of ongoing investigations.

The first arrested suspect, Wayne Abdul Sultan, appeared briefly in Darwin Local Court Thursday morning as police were closing in on his suspected co-offender.

Sultan, 34, was charged over his alleged involvement in a high-speed chase on Tuesday evening — the same car that witnesses told police left the scene after running over Mr McCormick.

Sultan was arrested in Darwin on Tuesday and has been questioned, but not charged, over the hit and run crash.

Sultan’s lawyer, Jon Tippett QC, did not apply for bail.

“I can say that I have no instructions at this stage to make an application for bail,” Mr Tippett said.

He is charged with recklessly endangering serious harm, driving a vehicle in a dangerous manner and driving while disqualified, unregistered and uninsured.

He was also in court on an unrelated string of charges, including three counts of stealing, four counts of unlawful entry, obtaining benefit by deception and failure to comply with parole orders.

Judge Michael Carey adjourned the matter until January 31.

The car, a Blue Toyota Aurion, was found on Fleming St, The Narrows, and has been taken to the Peter McCauley Centre at Berrimah for forensic testing.

Photos released by police show it with a damaged front bumper and its bonnet ajar, which police believe was a result of impact with Mr McCormick.

Mr McCormick’s father and brother were both thought to be in Darwin Thursday dealing with his belongings and making arrangements to take his body back to Kyabram, Victoria.

Speaking to the NT News on Sunday, Mr McCormick’s father John said it was his son’s wish to be buried in Victoria.

Tributes for Mr McCormick continue to come in from across the country.

Mr McCormick’s former football teammate in MacKay, Gary Downes, told the Mackay Daily Mercury: “He was a terrific footballer and a great bloke off the field as well.”

Winnellie Hotel management described Mr McCormick, a regular patron, as “a true character who will be sadly missed by all.”

Original Article www.ntnews.com.au

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