A Sydney man could face jail time over the deaths of two men who were swept away from a ute that was allegedly crossing an inland creek in a recent accident. New South Wales flood.
Jawad Al Hussain, 41, was charged with manslaughter seven weeks ago after he tried to negotiate a flood channel for Preston’s Creek in Bevendale, west of Goulburn.
Police at the time said the vehicle was swept into a waterway by floodwaters.
Al-Hussain and another man who were in Ute’s cabin swam to safety, but two others, aged 30 and 32, who were on the tray, were taken downstream. Their bodies were found a few days later.
A day after his arrest, Al-Hussein appeared at Parramatta District Court on Wednesday and was granted bail.
The conditions included a $300,000 bail bond and police appearances three times a week. Driving was also prohibited.
In addition to manslaughter, the Guildford man faces two backup counts of dangerous driving causing death and another charge of driving while suspended. .
Meanwhile, what is believed to be the body of a missing elderly Queensland man has been recovered from a flood in southwestern New South Wales.
Police said the 89-year-old man was last known to have been traveling from Gympie on October 31, heading for South Australia via Victoria.
After someone discovered a flooded car in the small rural town of Birmedman on Tuesday, officers found the man’s body inside.
The body has not yet been formally identified, but is believed to belong to the missing man.
Eight people have died in NSW floods since October. This is the same number of people who died in repeated floods from February to April.
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