Man Sentenced for Road Rage Death of Elderly Man in Adelaide CBD

         

Summary: A man has been sentenced to at least four and a half years in prison for the death of a 70-year-old man during a road rage incident in Adelaide’s CBD. The defendant pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of excessive self-defense. The court heard that the altercation began when the victim confronted the defendant for a traffic incident involving a taxi. The defendant delivered several blows and a kick, causing the victim to fall and sustain a fatal head injury.

Francois Joseph Ghassibe, 32, has been sentenced to a minimum of four and a half years in prison for the death of 70-year-old Brian Maxwell Richardson. Ghassibe pleaded guilty to manslaughter based on excessive self-defense during a road rage incident on Adelaide’s West Terrace in April 2022. The court heard that the altercation started when Richardson confronted Ghassibe for a traffic incident involving a taxi. Richardson pushed and punched Ghassibe, who then confronted him outside the taxi. Ghassibe delivered a series of blows and a kick to Richardson, causing him to fall and hit his head on the road. Richardson later died from his head injury at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Ghassibe was cleared of the more serious charge of murder after the judge determined that although he intended to forcefully incapacitate the victim, there was not enough evidence to prove intent to kill. Ghassibe received a head sentence of six years and nine months in jail, with a non-parole period of four years and six months, which was backdated to his arrest.

Tags: Adelaide CBD, road rage, manslaughter, excessive self-defense, traffic incident, fatal head injury

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