When a young man was killed after being hit by a car on the NSW south coast, his friends, family and police were all shocked.
The victim, Michael “Billy” Higginson, had just spent the night with his friend, Alex “Bobby” “Teej” Jones, in Cabramsby, near the town of Boorong.
It was the third night of a party in the neighbourhood, but as they drove to the beach the pair was hit by an unmarked car.
As the pair struggled to get away, Mr Jones was hit in the back by a bullet, which struck him in the head.
The bullet struck Mr Higgison in the chest and killed him.
Police were called and the car was impounded.
The driver of the car, Michael Anthony “Buddy” Jones was charged with culpable homicide.
The following day, Mr Hugginson’s friends and family went to the Boorongsby Police Station and took the evidence from the car.
They handed it over to the Coroner, who then interviewed Mr Jones.
Mr Hagginson had been drinking with his friends at the time of the shooting.
His friends and colleagues say that the young man had been involved in a number of activities including hanging out at a club and at a nearby pub.
They say Mr Jones, who is now in his late 30s, had also been drinking and was a member of a local gang.
Police found a bottle of champagne in the car and Mr Hogginson’s body was found in the driveway.
A police investigation began and Mr Jones and his friends were charged with manslaughter.
The case was adjourned for more than a year, before being referred to a court martial in June 2015.
The court martial heard that Mr Jones had been a member and member of the Cabramatos Fruit Market, an organised crime gang, for more the previous four years.
Jones pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison, but was given a good behaviour bond for the rest of his sentence.
The Crown said Mr Jones’s criminal history included “many offences” and had “previously engaged in numerous serious assaults”.
Jones was not in the Cabramsbys Fruit Market at the start of the year.
He had been charged with a range of crimes, including assault and robbery, as well as firearms offences.
Police have charged a number other members of the same Cabrams bylaws group with murder.
The group also runs the Cabralys Fruit Market and the Cabernacos Fruit Market in Cabernaca, New South Wales.
A spokesman for the NSW Department of Justice said that although the Crown was making the application to the Supreme Court, there were no plans for the case to go before a jury at this stage.
In December 2016, a woman died in Cabrawale, NSW after she was shot in the foot while on her way home from a night out in the city.
It is believed the victim, a 29-year-old woman, had been attacked by an unknown man, but the cause of death has not yet been determined.
Police said they were investigating.