& # 39; For 22 years I have been asking for news & # 39 ;: how an incredible police computer bumpers saw a driver who caused a fatal collision, who escaped justice for more than two decades
- Matthew Pendle died in a car accident in 1997 when his friend hit a car
- Rui Filipe Carneiro de Carvalho Alves was charged with negligence at the age of 18
- The police claim that Alves & # 39; name was too long for the system, so they could not find it
- Alves, now 40, was extradited for an accident that happened 22 years ago
A police computer bungle meant a driver charged with the death of a young man who had escaped justice for more than two decades.
Matthew Pendle, 21, died in a car accident in 1997 when his friend, who was driving a Holden Commodore sedan, crashed into the learner driver's truck in Canowindra, central west New South Wales.
Despite being accused of negligent driving and causing death, Rui Filipe Carneiro de Carvalho Alves escaped a conviction for 22 years because an NSW police computer could not bear its long name, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The dual citizen of Portugal and Australia was accused at the age of 18, but after being excluded from the Cowra local court in March 1997, he received no arrest warrants.
Matthew Pendle, 21, died in a car accident in 1997 when his friend, who was driving a Holden Commodore sedan, hit the apprentice driver's truck in Canowindra (photo), central west New South Wales
Pendle & # 39; s mother Edna Read (photo) told Sydney & # 39; s Downing Center Local Court that for the past two decades she has called on police, investigators and investigators to ask if there was any progress with the case
The police have accused the debacle on Alves & # 39; name, which was too long to appear in the system, making agents unable to find him.
In the years following the fatal accident, Alves shortened his name to Rui Filip Alves, married and fathered two children.
Pendle & # 39; s mother Edna Read told Sydney & # 39; s Downing Center Local Court that for the past two decades she has called on police, investigators, and investigators to ask if any progress had been made with the case.
& # 39; We have been struggling every day for the past 22 years without closure, & # 39; she said Tuesday.
The investigation was revised in 2018 and the 40-year-old was extradited from his home in Adelaide to Sydney in October.
The court heard that Alves was taking full shots, gave the authorities his address and told the police that he would be guilty at the time of the fatal accident.
Despite being accused of negligent driving and causing death, Rui Filipe Carneiro lost the Carvalho Alves the sentence for 22 years because an NSW police computer could not take its long name (stock image).
Magistrate Erin Kennedy criticized the & # 39; terrible delay & # 39; in achieving justice for Mr. Pendle's family.
She said that Alves & # 39; choice not to follow up the case with the authorities would probably have a devastating effect on Mrs. Read.
Mrs. Read said: "I will never see him grow old, get married, have children, make his dreams come true – the things that my kind, caring, and dearly beloved son would already have achieved."
The two young men and two other friends drove to Brisbane from Adelaide when the accident happened.
The court heard Alves, who has not detected a traffic violation since the crash, did not see two hit the road and one third misinterpreted the blows.
Alves, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to an order of three years in community corrections.
He was fined $ 2000 and was licensed for one year.
Alves, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to an order of three years in community corrections. Shown: Downing Center
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