A disqualified driver accused of beating and killing a young boy while walking to school had lived in motels after his tax-paid home had been destroyed by fire.
The 36-year-old Rabih Abdulrahman had been a wanderer in the months before reportedly driving a red light and hit a 12-year-old boy in Hurstville, southwest of Sydney, on Friday morning.
Abdulrahman – who was banned from jail in October last year – was charged with seven offenses, including manslaughter and dangerous driving, resulting in death.
The unemployed father of three was forced to move from his committee unit to a nearby motel in Cartwright when the block was destroyed by fire in February.
Rabih Abdulrahman, 36, reportedly ran a red light and killed a 12-year-old boy walking to school in Hurstville, southwest Sydney, on Friday morning. In the months before, he had been a wanderer after fire destroyed his housing commission at home in Cartwright
The unit of Abdulrahman was destroyed by fire in February of this year. He had lived in a motel for the past few months
Since then, Abdulrahman has lived in a nearby motel, with his family still unable to explain what he was doing in the Hurstville area on Friday morning.
"He used to live in Hurstville, but not for a long time, so we don't know where he was going or what he was doing," his brother said on Saturday.
& # 39; We are distraught. We are so sad about what happened. It is a child, nobody wants children to be hurt.
& # 39; He doesn't see his children that often, but in the end I am a father and he is a father. & # 39;
Abdulrahman is said to have driven his Toyota Corolla at high speed through a red light and hit the young man who walked a marked pedestrian crossing to a green man.
Witnesses claimed that Abdulrahman stepped out of his car in the moments after the crash and lit a cigarette.
He then tried to resist the arrest when the police arrived and later raised his middle finger to camera crews.
Abdulrahman appeared briefly on Saturday in Parailatta Bail Court, where his lawyer Mohamed Said did not request bail.
Mr. Said said to the media out of court: & # 39; I have not had the opportunity to talk to him or the family at this stage, so I cannot say much at this time. & # 39;
The driver accused of the death of a schoolboy had served a prison sentence before allegedly persuading the student
The boy, a seven-year-old student at Sydney Technical College in nearby Bexley, crossed the road before being hit by the car on Friday
Abdulrahman stays behind bars until he appears on November 4 at the local court of Sutherland.
Details of Abdulrahman's past have since become known and revealed that he had imposed an intensive one-year correction order.
He was convicted last October for attacking a police officer, carrying knives in public, driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs and resisting the arrest.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said the case would be submitted for review.
& # 39; I have asked the Department of Communities and Justice to provide me with a transcript of relevant procedures regarding the alleged offender, which I will review. & # 39;
The young victim – who is not legally named – went to school at Sydney Technical High when he was hit.
The boy was fastened under the vehicle for up to an hour before being released and rushed to the hospital for treatment, but died tragically shortly thereafter
The young boy – who cannot be named for legal reasons – went to school when he crossed Lily Road and was allegedly hit by Abdulrahman around 8:40 am
He was locked under the vehicle for up to an hour before being released and rushed to the hospital for treatment, but died tragically shortly thereafter.
MP from the local state for Kogarah Chris Minns issued a statement on behalf of Sydney Technical High School on Friday evening.
& # 39; Our thoughts are with them in this very sad time. Students and staff have received guidance to support them and also have contact numbers so that they have access to help during the weekend or later if necessary. & # 39;
& # 39; Together as a community we will support each other through this tragedy. & # 39;
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