A teenager accused of deliberately driving a car into another teenager during a massive brawl outside a Collingwood pub has been denied bail.
Dieu Mawut Atem, 19, is facing 10 charges over the incident, including intentionally causing injury and reckless conduct endangering life, after he drove a car into the other teen, whose leg had to be amputated after being crushed.
The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Atem was inside the Gasometer Hotel in the early hours of September 2 for the launch of record label 66 Records when a fight erupted between patrons inside the band room.
The court heard Mr Atem threw a chair at another patron during the melee, striking him in the head, before 250 patrons were ordered to leave the venue and the brawl spilled onto the street.
Mr Atem then got into a Nissan Pulsar and drove it towards a group of young people, veering into parked cars and pinning an 18-year-old man to another car, the court heard.
The court heard the victim’s right leg was crushed and was amputated 11 days later.
He is still undergoing rehabilitation.
The court heard there was no dispute Mr Atem was driving the car but there was dispute over whether the crash was intentional.
After the crash, Mr Atem’s car was surrounded by young people who hit the vehicle with poles.
He fled on foot, before catching a taxi home on George Street, Fitzroy, the court heard.
The court heard Mr Atem originally denied driving the car, telling police he was “jumped” after leaving the venue and his car keys and mobile phone had been stolen.
But when Mr Atem was arrested and interviewed 11 days after the incident, he admitted to driving the car while drunk but could not remember the impact of the crash, the court was told.
Detective Senior Constable Jodie Hill told the court Mr Atem was a risk to the community due to his history, unlicensed driving and binge drinking.
“There is definitely a risk to reoffending,” Senior Constable Hill said.
She said the victim also feared retribution if Mr Atem was granted bail.
Senior Constable Hill said the most serious offence carried a maximum penalty of 20 years’ jail, which would create a flight risk if the accused got bail.
Magistrate Suzanne Cameron noted Mr Atem’s youth, but said there were no compelling reasons to grant bail.