A former Hell's Angels bikie who attempted to cover up the hit and run death of a young man could face up to 15 years in jail instead of two years because of laws introduced by the former Northern Territory Labor government.

Nicholas Frank Cassidy, 50, was last week found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the death of 25-year-old Levi Griffiths in June 2011.

The Crown argued Cassidy hit Mr Griffiths with his ute before dumping his body on a roadside in Darwin's rural area.

In the Northern Territory Supreme Court today, the prosecution and defence made their sentencing submissions.

Prosecutor Paul Usher told Justice Peter Barr the court had the discretion to impose a lengthy sentence of up to 15 years' imprisonment because of changes to the laws introduced by the former Attorney-General Delia Lawrie in 2010.

Mr Usher said the offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice was a serious one and struck at the very heart of the criminal justice system.

Cassidy's defence lawyer Tom Berkley has called for a wholly suspended jail term.

Justice Barr will hand down his decision on Friday.

 

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