AN unlicensed vigilante driver who chased a 15-year-old motorcyclist – then fled and left the boy to die after he smashed into another car – has been jailed for seven years.
Jude Nathan Francis, 26, started tailing Mitchell Chase at speed through Aubin Grove in December 2016 because he mistakenly thought the teen was riding a trail bike that had been stolen from him.
Mitchell was looking over his shoulder at the speeding black Mercedes that was following him when he went through a give-way sign and fatally smashed into another car.
Francis looked at the broken motorbike after the crash to check that it was his, then he drove home when he realised he had been chasing an innocent person.
Supreme Court Justice Bruno Fiannaca jailed Francis for seven years this morning for manslaughter, failing to stop and failing to report the crash.
He said Francis made a choice to act as a vigilante and put Mitchell in danger.