Man who killed Skye Sassine during 2009 police chase to be released

Man who killed Skye Sassine during 2009 police chase to be released

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The driver who killed toddler Skye Sassine, prompting a new law to be made in her name, will be released on parole within weeks.

William Ngati was wanted for armed robberies when he sparked a high-speed police pursuit in the Sydney suburb of Ingleburn in 2009.

The chase ended when Ngati crashed into the Sassine family car on the M5, before he was hit by a police car, tried to carjack another car and was eventually arrested.

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Skye died in her father’s arms in the back of their vehicle on December 31, 2009.

She was 19 months old. 

Her death prompted the NSW government to introduce legislation known as Skye’s Law, which provided tougher penalties for drivers who deliberately tried to avoid arrest by commencing high-speed police chases.

Now, after serving 14 years in jail, Ngati will be released on parole between April 16 and May 7.

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William Ngati the driver who killed toddler Skye Sassine during a 2009 police chase in the Sydney suburb of Ingleburn could be released on parole within weeks.Skye Sassine died in her father's arms in the back of their vehicle on December 31, 2009.

Today’s decision by the NSW State Parole Authority includes strict conditions including being subject to strict supervision. 

Ngati is also banned from entering the Campbelltown LGA, using a prohibited drug or substance, except those prescribed and must comply with direction from his mental health team.

He cannot possess or use a firearm or any prohibited weapon, and must not contact, communicate with, watch, stalk, harass or intimidate the victim’s family.

Aimee Sassine and Justin Wright, the parents of toddler Skye Sassine, who was killed during a police pursuit. (AAP)

Ahead of the parole review, Skye’s family begged for Ngati to be kept behind bars for longer.

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“I am here today pleading with you. I beg of you, keep him away from me and our family. He has ruined our lives with his actions,” Aimee Sassine said last month.

“His history should speak for itself. No course or counsellor is going to change who he is.”

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