‘Punching the brakes’: Learner driver’s daring confessions soon after Dingley Village strike-operate killing

A learner driver who dragged a man 60m less than his car right before leaving him to die during a stunning hit and run explained to law enforcement he was “punching the brakes” and driving as rapidly as he could.

Floyd Hennessy, 22, appeared in advance of Justice Mandy Fox in Victoria’s Supreme Court on Thursday in which prosecutors instructed the court the accused drove “erratically” throughout the deadly incident.

Hennessy was behind the wheel of a Holden Commodore when he ran down and killed Peter Stojanovic at Dingley Village in December 2019.

He before pleaded guilty to culpable driving triggering death.

On Thursday Crown prosecutor Justin Lewis informed the court Hennessy made a number of stark confessions to police like that he was “punching his brakes on and off” in a determined try to shake Mr Stojanovic off the roof of his car.

He also explained to law enforcement he was going “as quickly as he could”.

In December 2019 Hennessy and his mate Brandon Cummings, 20, travelled to Dingley Village in the early hours of the early morning the place they begun “sussing” out autos in the hope of stealing resources when Mr Stojanovic spotted them on a residence protection digicam and intervened.

Mr Stojanovic jumped onto the vehicle in an energy to stop Hennessy from driving off, but he and Cummings sped off with the deceased still hooked up to the roof.

Prosecutors submitted that Hennessy was driving “rapidly” and “erratically” although stopping and starting the automobile.

Cummings told his mate to “go, go, go” and to “shake the car” to which Hennessy responded by undertaking so, the courtroom was told.

Floyd Hennessy, an L-Plate driver, is accused of dragging a man under a car for 80m and leaving him to die. Co-accused and Brandon Cummings was in the car with him. Picture: SuppliedCamera IconFloyd Hennessy is accused of dragging Peter Stojanovic less than his car. Equipped Credit score: Provided

Hennessy reversed the vehicle “rapidly” backwards for about 300m though Mr Stojanovic clung to the roof.

Mr Stojanovic sooner or later fell and was dragged beneath the motor vehicle for 60m, leaving a trail of blood and outfits.

It is unclear how very long it took for the two accused to notice he was underneath the auto, prosecutors explained.

The court docket was also explained to that Hennessy hid the automobile in the bushes and the pair caught a rideshare dwelling.

Passers-by termed authorities immediately after recognizing Mr Stojanovic’s body on the aspect of the road in the early hours of the morning.

Hennessy later handed himself into law enforcement and confessed to his crimes.

His lawyer Tass Antos advised the Supreme Court Hennessy recognised the severity of his actions brought about the dying of Mr Stojanovic and that itself was a substantial deterrent.

“That (imagined) serves as a stark reminder of that dim time period in his existence,” he instructed the courtroom.

Mr Antos submitted that though he “didn’t want to blame the victim” Mr Stojanovic jumped on major of the motor vehicle which brought on Hennessy to “panic” and answer the way he did.

He also claimed Hennessy, who has a two-year-old son, feared Mr Stojanovic was armed.

Although Justice Fox dismissed all those promises and reported Hennessy hardly ever lifted all those worries all through his police job interview.

Justice Fox claimed Cummings and Hennessy were only dependable for their perform.

Cummings previously pleaded responsible to reckless carry out endangering everyday living.

Hennessy’s make a difference will return to courtroom on Could 16 for sentencing.

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