Shattered friend of a Dutch tourist who was killed and killed by an ice addict arrives in Australia to face the fast-driving driver
- Gitta Scheenhouwer was hit and killed by fast-driving driver Michael Panayides
- Her friend Thomas Kleinegris said on Wednesday that he & # 39; his girlfriend was missing & # 39; in court
- Panayides pleaded guilty to the death of Mrs. Scheenhouwer earlier this year
Gitta Scheenhouwer's dream of becoming an architect in Melbourne became reality and she was planning a bright future in which & # 39; nothing seemed too crazy & # 39 ;.
But the unlimited ambitions and zest for life of the young Dutch woman were crushed when she was hit by Michael Panayides, a fast-driving driver who was on his way to buy drugs in August while cycling to work.
Mrs. Scheenhouwer, 27, had just moved to Melbourne with her boyfriend Thomas Kleinegris and waited within a few weeks for a visit from her younger sister Babs.
Instead, her parents, siblings, and friend traveled to Melbourne for a pre-sentence hearing for Panayides on Wednesday, spending the day in court sharing memories of life with Mrs. Sheenhouwer and the pain of living without her sun.
& # 39; She was a girl with so many positive vibes and energies. Our memories are now my memories, & said best friend Doortje Kok.
Gitta Scheenhouwer (pictured with friend Thomas Kleinegris) was hit and killed by Michael Panayides, a fast-driving driver in a stolen car heading for drugs in Melbourne last August
Panayides (photo) pleaded guilty to the death of Mrs. Scheenhouwer
Mrs. Scheenhouwer's friend Thomas Kleinegris became emotional when he told the court that he & # 39; his girlfriend was missing & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Not only has Gitta been taken away from everyone, the best part of me has been taken away & # 39 ;, said Mr. Kleinegris according to the court The age.
& # 39; I miss my girl, my buddy, my darling … I miss Gitta & # 39; s endless smile and her positivity with which she can face the world. & # 39;
Kleinegris had returned to the Netherlands after the death of his girlfriend, but was joined by her family and friends in Melbourne.
Judge Michael McInerney asked for a photo of Mrs. Scheenhouwer and revealed that it was difficult not to be overwhelmed by emotion heard about the young woman, described as full of life.
Kleinegris said that he & # 39; his girlfriend missed & # 39; during a hearing before the court on Wednesday (Mrs. Scheenhouwer in the photo)
He praised their beautiful memories and not thoughts of revenge for Panayides, 28, who formally admitted that she was guilty of driving and caused Mrs. Scheenhouwer's death in August last year.
Panayides drove a stolen Mercedes and was noticed as he entered a McDonald's into the CBD – telling the police later that he had used heroin yesterday, the day before yesterday.
He was seen by tram lines running into Bourke Street Mall and into the only tram section of Swanston Street, missing at least three trams on his way to South Yarra.
In Chapel Street, he accelerated from 69 km / h to 80 km / h – double the speed limit – and swam into the bicycle lane while trying to overtake a car.
Panayides drove down Chapel Street when he accelerated from 69 km / h to 80 km / h – double the speed limit – and swam into the bicycle lane trying to overtake a car. Mrs. Scheenhouwer was killed when he did not overtake the car (scene depicted in an accident)
He hit that car, rolled his and Mrs. Scheenhouwer was caught in the massacre. She died on the spot.
& # 39; I will have to live with this, & # 39; he said to witnesses trying to make him stay, but he left the scene and was arrested after photos were publicly identified two days later.
Panayides told the police that he believed the crash was an accident because he hit a handlebar that forced the car to accelerate – a claim that is not supported by technical reports.
Judge Michael McInerney described Panayides' attempt to pass the vehicle in front as a & # 39; completely pointless exercise & # 39 ;, expecting that he could not have done it, even if Mrs. Scheenhouwer was not in the bicycle lane.
The hearing will continue on Thursday.
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