Nigerian found guilty of causing accident that killed tradesman in Australia

Nigerian Francis Omigie who caused accident in Australia

A Nigerian has been found guilty of dangerous driving occasioning death and failing to stop and assist in a multiple car accident in the early hours of May 9, 2019, in Sydney, Australia.

An Irish tradesman Francis Shanley, 36, who was on his way to work died in the incident.

Francis Omigie, 53, changed lanes in his Toyota Echo and suddenly stopped on the M4 at the Church Street off-ramp in Sydney’s west.

Mr Omigie, who migrated to Australia from Nigeria, told police that he “didn’t see” the collision before fleeing the scene, reports Daily Mail.

The Parramatta Local Court was shown footage of Omigie’s interrogation on Thursday, where he slammed his hands on the desk before responding to a police officer in an expletive-ridden rant.

“I swear to God I didn’t see it,” he said.

He also denied changing lanes to avoid paying the toll, saying his car had lost power earlier that morning but police found no mechanical issues.

During the trial, the 53-year-old attempted to shift the blame of the fatal crash on truck driver Luke Tisdell, claiming he had marijuana in his system 30 minutes before the collision. 

The court heard the truck driver of 15 years had never had an accident after he described the collision as “cars out to war”.

Omigie faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.