One of two men killed in a fiery crash after a police pursuit in Sydney’s inner west on Tuesday was banned from driving for three years and serving a sentence in the community for reckless driving, which he planned to appeal this week.
Seifeddine Malas, 27, and Jebriel Dandan, 24, were killed when the Audi they were travelling in crashed on the westbound on-ramp to the M4 motorway in Homebush and became engulfed in flames shortly after 12.30am.
Court documents show Malas was banned from driving after he pleaded guilty in June to driving recklessly or furiously or in a speed or manner dangerous – his second such offence. He was disqualified from driving for three years and sentenced in September to a nine-month term, which he was serving in the community.
Malas was planning to appeal that sentence in the NSW District Court on Thursday. Instead, his life was cut short, along with that of his friend, in another instance of dangerous driving.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Adam Whyte told reporters the car was travelling at excessive speed at the time of the crash. Police patrolling Centenary Drive in Strathfield began a pursuit that lasted about two kilometres before the Audi took the corner into the westbound on-ramp for the M4 and struck the railing.
“If you are speeding and you get detected by the police speeding, it is far easier for you to stop and basically accept the consequences of your actions,” Whyte said.
“These sort of incidents where people are harmed or injured or killed on the roads – it’s unnecessary.”
The two men are yet to be formally identified and it’s unclear which of them was driving the car.
Whyte thanked bystanders who tried, albeit without success, to help police in their efforts to remove the men from the car. Their bodies were found inside the vehicle after Fire and Rescue NSW extinguished the blaze.