After one of the Northern Territory's longest-running court cases, a former Hell's Angels bikie has been sentenced to two years in jail for covering up the death of a man he hit while driving his ute.
A jury last week found Nicholas Frank Cassidy, 50, guilty of perverting the course of justice in relation to the death of 25-year-old Levi Griffiths.
It found Cassidy, a former Hells Angels member nicknamed 'Shonky', hit Mr Griffiths with his ute before dumping his body on the side of a road at Coolalinga in Darwin's rural area in June 2011.
In the Northern Territory Supreme Court today, Justice Peter Barr said Cassidy's attempts to cover-up the accident misled police and prolonged the grief and suffering of Mr Griffith's parents.
Cassidy's two-year sentence includes a non-parole period of 14 months.
When that sentence ends, he will have to serve another 15 months because he committed the offence while on parole.
The family of Levi Griffiths expressed disappointment about the sentence handed out to Cassidy.
His father, Ron Laycock, says the two-year sentence did not meet community expectations.
"I think the judge has let us down in the end," he said.
"That is an offence at the top end of the range of seriousness.
"I think the judge and the justice system may have let us down."
Cassidy had faced a maximum sentence of 15 years' imprisonment for the offence of perverting the course of justice.
He was originally charged with hit and run driving causing death.
That charge was dropped because the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeal ruled last month that a driver can't give assistance to someone who is already dead.
In Cassidy's case, Justice Barr determined that Levi Griffiths was killed on impact.
In sentencing Cassidy at the end of the 12-week trial, the judge said: "I am making it clear that I am sentencing you for the cover-up of the death of Levi Griffiths."
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