Accused Canning Vale death driver to apply for bail

Aya Hishmeh is accused of murder after the 2017 death of teenager Jacob Cummins in Canning Vale. Picture: Facebook
Aya Hishmeh is accused of murder after the 2017 death of teenager Jacob Cummins in Canning Vale. Picture: Facebook

THE Canning Vale woman accused of running down and killing a teenager in 2017 will ask for bail after efforts to fast-track dates for her trial failed.

Last month Aya Hishmeh’s lawyer offered this May as his only availability for 2019 but in a Supreme Court status hearing this morning, prosecutor Les Hobson said it would not be possible to convene all witnesses and make availability a senior state prosecutor at such short notice.

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Justice Michael Corboy has ordered a home detention suitability report as part of preparations for a bail hearing, likely in April or May.

Prosecutors have previously indicated they will oppose any request for bail for Ms Hishmeh, who has been remanded in Bandyup Prison since December 2017.

The four-week trial is set to start January 20 next year.

Ms Hishmeh is accused of driving the car that struck Jacob Cummins (17) and fellow teenagers Anwre Ige, Robert Bell, Augustine Janga and Mark Kickett as they walked along Eucalyptus Boulevard.

She has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder.

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