Drunk driver who ploughed into teens killing one released on bail

Perth Magistrates Court.
Perth Magistrates Court.

THE family of a teenager killed after a drunk driver ploughed into him and his friends as they waited to cross a Perth street are outraged the man is on bail pending his sentence.

Kayden McPhee, 15, died and Blake O’Neill, 16, was seriously injured after they were struck by a BMW as they stood at a traffic island in Midvale on the evening of July 31, 2018.

A 12-year-old boy who was with them was not injured in the crash.

Biju Paulose, 49, appeared in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to several charges including manslaughter, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, failing to stop and failing to report the incident.

Biju Paulose Pic. Facebook.

Kayden’s family sobbed during proceedings, while Paulose also had supporters in court.

Pre-sentence and psychological reports were ordered ahead of Paulose’s sentencing hearing on July 5.

Outside court, Kayden’s grandmother Rhonda McPhee said the family was disappointed Paulose was free on bail pending his sentence.

“This has changed our life forever. We are hopeful that he will get a long sentence,” she told reporters.

“Our grandson didn’t have a chance at life.”