- Bashar Hawchar, 20, pleaded guilty to wounding Samantha Giufre, also 20
- He admitted dragging her down the road in his car before she hit her head
- Incident back in 2014 left Ms Giufre unable to see, hear, or smell properly
- In court Hawchar messed around with friends before being granted bail
- Outside the group smoked and joked around before shouting at Ms Giufre
A reckless driver who left a woman brain damaged and partially blind and deaf smiled as he faced her in court on Monday.
Bashar Hawchar, 20, admitted dragging Samantha Giufre, also 20, along the street with his car in Sydney in 2014 before she fell into the gutter and hit her head, leaving her with life-long injuries.
Despite a judge warning Hawchar that prison is ‘highly likely’ in his case, he appeared to have no remorse, grinning as his friends laughed and clapped during proceedings.
Outside court Hawchar and three other men, one of whom is his cousin, were seen posing for the cameras while smoking and looking relaxed.
As Ms Giufre left the building the group began shouting at her, apparently taunting her as she tried to leave.
Asked by 9 News whether it made her angry that the group were smiling and laughing in court, she replied: ‘And clapping. What’s wrong with them?’
During the hearing the Crown alleged that Hawchar had bragged about injuring Ms Giufre in the months after the accident, the Canberra Times reports.
Asked about Ms Giufre’s injuries by a friend over text, Hawchar is alleged to have said: ‘Yeh I done that b****. She deserves it and thats [sic] what happens when you don’t pay up.’
Hawchar has caused controversy in the past, failing to show for a court appearance back in April when he sent a legal representative to plead not guilty in his absence.
He was due to go on trial on Monday, but changed that plea at the last minute.
Giufre suffered her horrific injuries in Casula, in Sydney’s west, back in September 2014 in a drug deal gone badly wrong.
Giufre had arranged to buy cannabis with an associate of Hawchar when he pulled up in at a pre-arranged spot.
As Giufre leaned through the window to speak with the person she arranged the drug deal with, Hawchar accelerated forward, dragging her along.
The court previously heard there was bad blood between Ms Giufre and Hawchar over an alleged drug debt.
CCTV shows Ms Giufre being dragged along at speed before falling into the curb where she smashed her head on the pavement.
The then-18-year-old was left with multiple skull fractures and bleeding on the brain that left her in intensive care.
She now has no vision in one eye, limited vision in the other, cannot hear out of one ear, and cannot smell from one nostril.
Speaking about the aftermath her injuries back in April, she said: ‘I just felt destroyed, not like myself.’
Hawchar was released on bail to appear for sentencing next year.
He disputes bragging about Ms Giufre’s injuries over text, but the Crown says it plans to introduce evidence proving the conversation took place.
H/t kevin a.
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