“Vengeful” woman, 23, accused of deliberately persuading a teenager and trying to kill his friends “because they had bullied her brother” was DELETED
- Aya Hishmeh, 23, has been acquitted of murder but convicted of unlawful murder
- Jacob Cummins, 17, died after being run over in 2017 by Hishmeh’s car
- She was also acquitted of the attempted murder of four other boys who were also beaten
- Hishmeh has been taken into pre-trial detention and will undergo a criminal hearing on April 17
A young woman was not found guilty of murder, but was convicted of illegally killing a teenager by having him drive her car in Perth.
Aya Hishmeh, 23, was on trial in Western Australia’s Supreme Court, accused of murdering 17-year-old Jacob Cummins and his attempt to murder his friends Robert Bell, Augustine Janga, Mark Kickett, and Anwre Ige in Canning Vale in December 2017.
The jury returned its decisions on Friday after having consulted about half a day.
Hishmeh was also convicted of the lesser allegations of physical injury to Mr. Bell and serious physical injury to the other three boys.
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Aya Hishmeh, 23, (photo) was not found guilty of murder but was convicted of unlawful murder
Prosecutors claimed that Hishmeh was in a 50-zone speed of 78 km / h when she hit a curb and hit the teenagers on a sidewalk in revenge.
Hishmeh admitted that she had been ‘smoking’ when she heard that her younger brother had been slapped in the face during a fight between rival groups of boys in a park and her sister was subsequently beaten.
But she claimed that her anger had subsided by the time she got behind the wheel of her car with her then fiancé in the passenger seat.
Hishmeh accepted that she had made the “stupid mistake” to speed up, but claimed that she only wanted to threaten the boys and tell them to stay away from her family.
She cried repeatedly during the trial, including watching a video of her police interview and when she took the stand to testify.
Hishmeh said she panicked when she couldn’t find Jacob’s wrist.
“I was in shock. I was just scared. I didn’t know what was going on, “she testified.
During her police interview, Hishmeh said she was angry but would never hurt anyone, although she admitted that she had been suspended from school for two separate acts of violence.
Jacob Cummins, 17, (photo) died after being hit by Hishmeh’s car in Canningvale, Perth, in December 2017
“I hate horror movies, I hate watching scenes of people being killed or whatever, and now it’s real,” she said.
A boy who was then 14 years old and cannot be called, testified that he had to jump out of the way to avoid the car.
“It just missed me. Then it passed me and then I called to the boys to move, “he said.
“It looked like it was right for us.”
The jury was also confronted with CCTV images of the crash.
Hishmeh has been taken into pre-trial detention and will undergo a criminal hearing on April 17.
The maximum sentence for illegal killing in Western Australia is life imprisonment.
Hishmeh said she got out of the car to help after the crash, but she didn’t feel a pulse on Jacob