Robert Gawdat Shashati jailed for two years for boy’s death in Williamtown crash


Uncle jailed for two years for nephew’s death in Williamtown crash Claudia Boyagi Shashati (centre), mother of Marcus Shashati, leaves the Downing Centre Court in Sydney.

Claudia Boyagi Shashati, mother of Marcus Shashati, outside court in Sydney on Friday.

KILLED: Marcus Shashati, aged seven, was killed when his ice-riddled uncle Robert Shashati smashed into an embankment at Williamtown. Picture: Claudia Boyagi Shashati.

TweetFacebookThe heartbroken mother of a seven-year-old NSW boy killed in a car crash by his drug-driving uncle has collapsed outside a Sydney courtroom after he was sentenced to two years’ jail.

Robert Gawdat Shashati was high on ice and behind the wheel when his car hit an embankment in the Hunter region and killed seven-year-old Marcus Shashati in January 2015.

The 38-year-old was found guilty of aggravated dangerous driving causing death last year, and was sentenced in the NSW District Court on Friday to a maximum prison term of four and a half years with a non-parole period of two years and three months.

A fight broke out in court between supporters of Marcus’s mother, Claudia Boyagi Shashati, and advocates of her former brother-in-law, leading to security being called.

She left the court in tears screaming “it’s a joke” and then fell to the ground wailing, while companions wearing yellow “Marcus” wristbands, ran to comfort her after yelling “Shame!”

“Marcus received the death penalty, we received life, and the convicted gets bed-and-breakfast,” Ms Boyagi Shashati said outside court.

Shashati, who’d been praying under his breath in the dock, showed little emotion as Judge Peter Maiden said he’d be eligible for parole in July 2020.

Judge Maiden said no jail term can measure the life of a loved one.

“Punishment after the fact can only do so much,” he said.

After the 2015 Williamtown crash, in which his own son and two other nephews survived, a witness saw Shashati shouting at the sky “take me, not the boy”.

Marcus, who was sitting between his two brothers in the back seat suffered a “severe whiplash injury” to his spine and brain, dying instantly.

“The boy’s father had been lost less than two years earlier,” Judge Maiden said.

The court heard Shashati had been using ice since 2013 “at a time of tragedy in the Shashati family” when his brother John died from a drug overdose.

READ MORE: Shashati guilty of killing nephew The court previously heard the “broken man” has tried to take his own life 14 times since.

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