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The family of a Melbourne boy who will never get to fulfil his dream of being a neurosurgeon has told a court of their pain at losing a child.

Yasmine Hashi, who was just seven when a road-rage crash claimed the life of her brother Yahye, 10, drew a boy in a hospital bed, and a picture of herself, crying, surrounded by the words “confused”, “sad” and “upset”.

Bilal Hashi, now 13, drew two boys smiling as they played computer games together and kicked a football around, under the phrase: “I will never get this back.”

The siblings were both in a van being driven by their mother Anisa Rage when she encountered Ian Bouch, 48, on May 27, 2014, 9 News reports.

An angry and arrogant driver with a history of road-rage convictions, he slammed on his brakes in a deliberate act to teach Ms Rage a lesson, and in the process caused a crash that killed Yahye.

Before Bouch was jailed on Tuesday, the family tried to explain to the court how the crime had affected them.

Yasmine said it changed them forever.

Bilal told the court he feels like part of him is gone.

Yahye was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital to undergo surgery but died on June 1.

Ms Rage wrote of standing by his bedside with her husband watching his breathing lessen until there was no life left.

“This is something that no parent should have to witness and endure,” she said.

“I don’t want revenge but my son deserves justice, I need to know that my son died for something. That my intelligent, kind-hearted future neurosurgeon did not die in vain.”

She hopes Bouch, jailed for eight years and six months with a minimum of six years, can ponder whether getting to his destination two minutes later would have been the end of the world “because it was certainly the end of ours”.

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  • This is a terribly sad story.

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  • Such sad story indeed ! The price of the precious life of a child is so high and never to be repaid… I hope Bouch realizes this and can will learn from this incident

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  • So very sad :( 8 years just doesn’t seem enough

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  • the world is an incredibly scary place – so much anger out there!

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  • saddening to hear this. rip.

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  • What an unbelievably arrogant pig. He blamed her at the scene, claiming she had been on the phone (she wasn’t ), then blaming the truck driver (there was nothing he could possibly have done to prevent it ) then blaming being sexually abused as a kid….

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  • RIP little one <3 there needs to be harsher penalties for idiots like this

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  • That breaks my heart. Such selfishness to be so stupid to cause a crash on purpose!
    That poor family will never get over losing their son/brother :(

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  • No shortened sentence, no parole and when he’s completed his sentence, home detention with a traceable ankle strap padlocked as is normal procedure.
    There should be mininum sentence, not maxinum. There is too much chance of leniency.

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  • So sad. I hope that even if nothing else is achieved the man responsible has learnt a hard lesson

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  • 6 years seems so short for taking a life of an innocent child may the little one rest in peace and much love to his family xx

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  • OMG! this poor family. I really hope that Mr Bouch will ponder on what he as done to this family but chances are he won’t. The sentence should have been much longer as this was a deliberate act of aggression. Should be allowed behind the wheel of a car ever again.

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  • For a deliberate act from a repeat offender, that seems quite a small penalty.

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  • Too many car “accidents” are caused by human error and aggression – both preventable. The mother is quite right about no big deal arriving a few minutes later to destination. More people need to get the message!

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  • Its upsetting to read that all he got for causing the death of a child was 8 years with a minimum of 6. This is in no way enough punishment for the crime, I can only imagine how the family feels.

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