Indian-origin man in Australia injured in accident

Sydney, May 22 (IANS) An Australian man will face attempted murder charges after a horrific hit-and-run incident in Melbourne that left a 27-year-old Indian-origin man hospitalised in a serious condition.

Amandeep Singh was hit by a car more than once when he was taking a walk on Chandler Road, Noble Park, in Melbourne Tuesday, local media reported.

Shannon Marchant, 21, who was on the wheel of the Holden Commodore, appeared briefly in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court Wednesday afternoon.

He has been charged with attempted murder and 12 other offences, including dangerous driving, intentionally causing injury and theft.

According to reports, after being hit first from behind, Singh was hit two more times and dragged 50 metres before being left for dead.

The victim’s friends said that he was still in shock and was trying to make sense of what had happened while being treated in Alfred Hospital.

“He is shocked. He is very, very shocked. He was just walking on the road, and someone hit him,” the Herald Sun quoted a friend, Baljit Singh Sandhu, as saying.

“He was not aware… he had no clue there was someone coming behind him.”

Prosecutor Luke Excell told the court that although CCTV footage of the incident was not available, footage of events leading up to the incident is available that could be relied on by prosecutors.

Marchant made no appeal for bail and is scheduled to reappear before court Aug 14.

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