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Teen sentenced for lying about fatal crash

A teenager who lied to police about a fatal collision was this morning granted a conditional discharge and ordered to do community service.

Jordan Pitt-Brimmer, 17, pleaded guilty last month to charges of giving police a false account and allowing someone disqualified by age to ride a motorcycle.

The court had heard that Pitt-Brimmer had loaned his motorcycle to his 15-year-old cousin, who on the afternoon of December 31 last year was involved in a crash on Parson’s Road, near the junction of The Glebe Road.

While the teenager escaped without serious injury, 59-year-old Timothy Wright died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.

The teenager reportedly fled the scene of the accident, going to Pitt-Brimmer and asking him to take responsibility for the crash.

Pitt-Brimmer went to the scene of the accident on Parson’s Road and told police that he had been riding a motorcycle involved in the crash, but retracted his statement when challenged by the officers.

Defence lawyer Saul Dismont told the court that Pitt-Brimmer deeply regrets loaning his cousin the bike and only agreed to take responsibility for the crash before he realised anyone else was injured.

“He had no idea that something so awful had happened to Mr Wright,” Mr Dismont said. “He was a child. He made a stupid decision. He never thought that this would happen.”

Mr Dismont also noted a court ordered social inquiry report, in which Pitt-Brimmer’s character was praised by teachers and councillors.

Pitt-Brimmer himself expressed his remorse to the court, saying he was sorry for his actions and the impact they have had on both Mr Wright’s family and his own.

“I was pressured to do it, but it was a very stupid choice I made,” he said.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo agreed that Pitt-Brimmer had made a foolish decision, but he believed that the defendant had only made the decision because he had no knowledge about the severity of the crash and was genuinely remorseful.

“I would like to think you have learnt from this experience and it won’t happen again,” he said.

He sentenced Pitt-Brimmer to a 12-month conditional discharge, ordering that as part of the condition he carry out 60 hours of community service.

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