Outrage forces backflip over jailed hit-and-run driver’s job as prison delivery driver


Here is another great example of the pathetic system…Guilty in relation to the death of a person in a hit and run and dumping his body and perverting the course of justice in 2013!!! driving around unsupervised outside jail in 2014…WTF is going on.


Update 11/02/15

One of the hells angels finest has memory loss that would make Alan Bond proud to be an Aussie…

Alleged Hells Angels associate making ‘mockery’ of inquest, Coroner says

Wed 11 Feb 2015, 4:47pm

A man allegedly associated with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang has been making a mockery of an inquest in Darwin because he repeatedly refuses to answer questions, the Northern Territory coroner says.

Mark Simpson, 38, who is currently in jail for other matters, was called to give evidence on the third day of the inquiry into the death of Levi Griffiths.

Mr Griffiths was killed walking home from a party on a road in Darwin’s rural outskirts in June 2011.

The Coroner, Greg Cavanagh, said Simpson’s evidence “made a mockery” of the inquest.

The comments came after Counsel Assisting the Coroner Dr Peggy Dwyer asked Simpson questions about the night of the death and his association with Hells Angels.

Simpson repeatedly answered: “I don’t recall”.

Dr Dwyer asked Simpson if he was a “patched” member of Hells Angels in 2011.

“I don’t recall,” Simpson said.

Simpson was also questioned as to the code of conduct for Hells Angels members when talking about each other and said he did not know.

In 2013, Nicholas “Shonky” Cassidy was found guilty of perverting the course of justice for covering up Mr Griffiths’ death.

Cassidy was never prosecuted for traffic or hit run offences in relation to Mr Griffiths death.

Dr Dwyer then played two police recordings to Simpson, one of a conversation between him and his girlfriend in 2011, Brooke Candida.

“Shonky … killed someone,” Simpson said in the recording.

He also made a reference to the body of Mr Griffiths flipping into the back of Cassidy’s ute.

“I’ll give you a … 9.5 for … the acrobat f**k that you did on the bonnet to the windscreen to over the boot into the tray,” he said

In the second recording, Simpson joked with Scott Eaton, also an alleged Hells Angels associate, about Mr Griffiths body lying flat in the tray of Cassidy’s ute.

“I guess he wanted to go planking,” Simpson said.

There were also references in the recordings to Cassidy driving erratically and drink driving.

“Shouldn’t have been in the … car, right, cos (sic) [Cassidy] was f**king blind, driving up the road,” Simpson said.

Tue 18 Nov 2014, 9:29pm

Nicholas 'Shonky' Cassidy

While serving out his sentence, Cassidy has been doing a driving job transporting food.

Related Story: ‘Shonky’ jailed for hit and run death cover-up

Public outrage has forced the Northern Territory Government to remove a former Hells Angels bikie, who was involved in the hit-and-run death of a man, from his prison job as an unsupervised food services delivery driver.

Nicholas Frank ‘Shonky’ Cassidy, 51, was found guilty in 2013 of perverting the course of justice in relation to the death of 25-year-old Levi Griffiths.

The court found Cassidy, a former Hells Angels member, hit Mr Griffiths with his ute before dumping his body on the side of a road at Coolalinga in Darwin’s rural area in June 2011.

Justice Peter Barr said Cassidy’s attempts to cover-up the accident misled police, and prolonged the grief and suffering of Mr Griffith’s parents.

While serving out his sentence, Cassidy had been doing a driving job transporting food between Darwin’s new prison precinct at Holtze and the old jail at Berrimah.

The revelation sparked outrage from Mr Griffith’s parents.

“It’s wrong, it’s shameful and disgraceful,” Kathy Griffiths told Nine News.

Mr Griffith’s father Ron Laycock said he could not understand how Cassidy was allowed in the role.

“How does a convicted drink-driver involved in the hit-and-run death of somebody get a licence and drive around in a government truck?” he asked.

NT Corrections Commissioner Ken Middlebrook yesterday stood by the decision to allow Cassidy behind the wheel.

But in a statement released late today, Mr Middlebrook said he had reviewed the situation due to public concern and had removed Cassidy from the driver’s position.

“While I have every confidence that my staff have adhered to all requirements for the security classification and the suitability of the prisoner to work unsupervised outside the prison, there has clearly been a level of concern, not the least from the parents of Levi Griffiths, about this particular case and we have responded,” he said.

What a crock of shit, the department had no idea what was going on and had been conned by another crim

“NT Correctional Services is committed to making the Territory a safer place for all Territorians and to further expanding our successful prisoner work programs.

“We are already fitting low-security prisoners in Territory work camps with electronic monitoring devices and it is our intention to extend that to prisoners working unsupervised on outside employment in addition to GPS units on all prison vehicles.”

Cassidy was originally charged with hit-and-run driving causing death.

That charge was dropped because the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeal ruled last month that a driver cannot give assistance to someone who is already dead.

In Cassidy’s case, Justice Barr determined that Levi Griffiths was killed on impact.

In sentencing Cassidy at the end of the 12-week trial, the judge said: “I am making it clear that I am sentencing you for the cover-up of the death of Levi Griffiths.”


‘Shonky’ jailed for hit and run death cover-up

 1 Nov 2013, 4:31pmFri 1 Nov 2013, 4:31pm

After one of the Northern Territory’s longest-running court cases, a former Hell’s Angels bikie has been sentenced to two years in jail for covering up the death of a man he hit while driving his ute.

A jury last week found Nicholas Frank Cassidy, 50, guilty of perverting the course of justice in relation to the death of 25-year-old Levi Griffiths.

It found Cassidy, a former Hells Angels member nicknamed ‘Shonky’, hit Mr Griffiths with his ute before dumping his body on the side of a road at Coolalinga in Darwin’s rural area in June 2011.

In the Northern Territory Supreme Court today, Justice Peter Barr said Cassidy’s attempts to cover-up the accident misled police and prolonged the grief and suffering of Mr Griffith’s parents.

Cassidy’s two-year sentence includes a non-parole period of 14 months.

When that sentence ends, he will have to serve another 15 months because he committed the offence while on parole.

The family of Levi Griffiths expressed disappointment about the sentence handed out to Cassidy.

His father, Ron Laycock, says the two-year sentence did not meet community expectations.

“I think the judge has let us down in the end,” he said.

“That is an offence at the top end of the range of seriousness.

“I think the judge and the justice system may have let us down.”

Cassidy had faced a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment for the offence of perverting the course of justice.

He was originally charged with hit and run driving causing death.

That charge was dropped because the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeal ruled last month that a driver can’t give assistance to someone who is already dead.

In Cassidy’s case, Justice Barr determined that Levi Griffiths was killed on impact.

In sentencing Cassidy at the end of the 12-week trial, the judge said: “I am making it clear that I am sentencing you for the cover-up of the death of Levi Griffiths.”


3 thoughts on “Outrage forces backflip over jailed hit-and-run driver’s job as prison delivery driver

  1. Delivering more than just food, in a registered Government prison truck between Darwin’s new Holtz jail and the old Berrima Jail, for some of his 1% brothers inside, while unsupervised by the Northern Territory Correctional services as a trusted low security prisoner driving a truck?… But I bet the Corrections Officers, were watching him- NOT- all the time, when he was on unsupervised deliveries!… As a former Hells Angel biker, with form, looks like the Prison Service did real good security, probity checks on this” shonky” thugs past of violence. Why couldn’t this sort of job, be given to a ordinary honest civilian, with a truck licence, with all the growing un-employment these days. Give this outlaw biker thug a shovel or a broom, instead doing just labouring work, not driving a truck, especially as he is a convicted hit and run and drink driver and that’s is only his known prior convictions and past. But the Hells Angels.M.C. are real men of notorious character so if this thug is a former member, and can no longer where their colours on a biker jacket,- then he must be a good bloke of trust in the Corrective services. Why did he leave the Hells Angel M.C. Prisoner Rehabilitation these days is a joke in these new jails. Whats next a Hells Angels MC Biker as Prison Officers or the jail warden!…

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