An allegedly unlicensed driver charged over a crash that killed two teenage boys will remain behind bars following his first court appearance.
Nicholas Thew faces nine charges over the crash on at Ashcroft on Monday morning.
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The 27-year-old is accused of being behind the wheel of a car that crashed into a tree and a power pole, leaving two boys — aged 13 and 14 — dead at the scene.
One of the boys was thrown from the vehicle on impact, while the other was held in by his seatbelt.
Thew was allegedly driving more than 45km/h over the speed limit at the time of the crash and failed to stop and assist.
He is also accused of never holding a driver’s licence.
He faced Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday morning where he did not apply for bail.
The 27-year-old is due to apply for bail at a later date and will face court again in January.
As he left court, Thew’s lawyer Mohamad Sakr expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
“My condolences sincerely to the two young kids’ families,” Sakr said.
“They’re very tragic circumstances and the matter should remain confidential between the courts until these matters are resolved in a particular way.”
Thew, and a 23-year-old man, allegedly fled the scene of the crash after seeing the boys’ bodies.
They were arrested at Wetherill Park Police Station on Tuesday, where they handed themselves in.
They were taken to hospital under police guard for injuries they sustained during the crash.
Upon being released from hospital, the 27-year-old was charged with two counts each of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death at a speed of 45km/h over the limit, dangerous driving occasioning death and failing to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death.
He was also charged with one count each of never licensed person driving a vehicle on the road, causing bodily harm by misconduct and negligent driving occasioning death.
The families of the two victims — who were reportedly best friends — said they were devastated.
“Both of our families are still in shock and devastated over yesterday’s tragic crash. We are continuing to come to terms with the loss of our much-loved son and brother,” a statement released via NSW Police said.
“We ask for privacy at this time, and we will not be conducting any media interviews while the police investigation continues.”
The 23-year-old man remains in custody and has not been charged.
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