Jude Francis jailed for Aubin Grove pursuit which killed teenage trail bike rider Mitchell Chase
Jude Francis fled the scene after the teenager he was chasing collided with another car. (ABC News: Joanna Menagh)
A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years behind bars for chasing to his death a teenager who he mistakenly thought was riding his stolen motorcycle in Perth’s southern suburbs.
Mitchell Chase died after his trail bike collided with an SUV at an intersection in the residential suburb of Aubin Grove on October 28, 2016.
He was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital, but died of his injuries the next day.
The 15-year-old was being pursued by Jude Nathan Francis, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, failing to stop and provide assistance, and failing to report the incident.
Mitchell Chase was killed when his trail bike collided with a car at an intersection. (Facebook: Mitchell Chase)
Francis was behind the wheel of another vehicle and was pursuing the teenager before he ran into the SUV because he mistakenly thought he had stolen his own motorcycle.
He then fled the scene following the crash. The Supreme Court heard Francis was also driving while his licence was suspended.
In addition to the prison sentence, Francis was banned from holding a drivers licence for three years, with the disqualification to be served once he is released from prison.
He will be eligible for parole in five years.
The crash happened on Giverny Gardens in the southern Perth suburb of Aubin Grove. (ABC News)