ABC FEB 05 2020-A driver who was drunk and disqualified when he killed teenager Bor Mabil in a high-speed street race has been jailed, with a judge describing his crime as “reckless and dangerous”.
- Akol Agui Akol had alcohol and MDMA in his system when he crashed
- Bor Mabil’s death occurred just hours before her brother took to the field for the Socceroos
- The judge said Akol’s crime was too serious for a suspended sentence
Ms Mabil — the sister of Socceroos player Awer Mabil — was killed when the car in which she was a passenger crashed into a fence at Andrew’s Farm in Adelaide’s north in January 2019.
Three other passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Akol Agui Akol was driving the car at the time and had a blood alcohol reading of 0.22 as well as MDMA in his system.
The 20-year-old pleaded guilty in August 2019 to aggravated dangerous driving causing death.
On Wednesday, District Court Judge Paul Slattery sentenced Akol to up to three years and one month in jail with a non-parole period of two years and six months, backdated to January 2019.
PHOTO: Akol Agui Akol will be eligible for parole in July 2020. (Image: Tim Ide)
Akol will also be disqualified from driving for 13 years.
“Your offending is plainly too serious to warrant the sentence being suspended,” Judge Slattery said.
He said Akol’s actions had caused “immeasurable trauma”.
“Whilst there is no doubt that the death of the deceased has had a significant impact on you, your driving that night was reckless and dangerous and caused the vehicle rollover,” Judge Slattery said.
“It is quite remarkable that no other person was seriously injured.
“Whatever may have been said to you by passengers in the car that night, you still chose to engage in the street race with the knowledge you were disqualified and intoxicated.”
PHOTO: Akol was street-racing when the car slammed into a fence. (ABC News)
Akol was involved in previous head-on crash
The fatal crash happened just hours before Ms Mabil’s brother took to the field for the Socceroos for a match in the United Arab Emirates.
Ms Mabil’s family fled South Sudan and arrived in Australia as refugees in 2006.
She was a friend of South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech who paid tribute to her in a social media post following the crash.
The court previously heard Akol had been disqualified from driving after being involved in an alcohol-fuelled crash in September 2018.
PHOTO: Ms Mabil’s family had fled South Sudan and arrived in Australia in 2006. (Supplied)
He was driving down the wrong side of the Northern Expressway and crashed head-on with another vehicle, knocking the driver unconscious.
The other driver who was allegedly street racing with Akol before the more recent fatal crash, Alakiir Kelei Deng, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated dangerous driving causing death.
He has been committed to face trial in the District Court this year.