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Saturday 21 April 2018

Woman (20) is charged with murder of Irish teen mown down by vehicle

Aya Hishmeh, charged with his murder
Aya Hishmeh, charged with his murder

A 20-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the death of an Irish teenager mown down by a car in Australia.

Jacob Cummins (17), originally from Dublin, was killed and four others seriously injured when a vehicle allegedly driven by Aya Hishmeh mounted Eucalyptus Boulevard, in Canning Vale, Perth, on Thursday afternoon.

Murder

Hishmeh, from Canning Vale, appeared before Perth magistrates at the weekend and was charged with the murder of Jacob and the attempted unlawful killing of four others.

She put her face in her hands as the charges were read. At one point she had to be held up by prison officers.

Hishmeh was remanded in custody to appear in court again on January 31.

Four of Jacob's friends were seriously injured in the incident - after which, one witness said, the teenagers were "scattered" over the road or face down in bushes.

Jacob's death happened around an hour after a fight between boys from two schools broke out in a park.

The brawl, involving up to 60 youths and adults, continued outside a McDonald's restaurant in Livingston, and two people suffered minor stab wounds.

Police have described the brawl that led to the death of the Irish teen as a "school fight gone horribly wrong".

Local online newspaper WAToday reported that around 100 people, including members of Jacob's family and his friends, gathered at Perth's Scarborough Beach on Saturday for a memorial service for the teenager.

State Control Acting Inspector Dean Snashall, who attended the memorial to support the Cummins family, said a decision made by children to fight had ended in Jacob losing his life.

"What we are dealing with here is essentially a school fight that got completely out of hand.

"It's an absolute tragedy that a school fight can get to a situation where we have a person dead and several injured.

Diverse

"There's no evidence to suggest any gang involvement here. The group at the beach was six or seven different nationalities - it was a diverse range of people.

"This is school kids who have had an altercation over a school yard matter and unfortunately a 17-year-old boy has paid the ultimate price," he said.

A woman whose two sons were at the initial fight in the park and at the brawl outside McDonald's said the violence was sparked when a group went to Canning Vale to fight a Canning Vale College student.

"The group randomly hit kids and tormented them, stealing bikes," she said.

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