Indian man who allegedly killed Gold Coast student will consider coming back to Australia

The Indian national who fled Australia after pleading guilty to a 2008 hit-run that killed a Gold Coast student, has reportedly said he’ll come back to Australia to face his sentence, under conditions.

Puneet Puneet hit and killed Gold Coaster Dean Hofstee, 19, and seriously injured Clancy Coker, 20, in Melbourne’s Southbank in 2008 while drunk and speeding.

At the time, the Indian hospitality student in Australia on an education visa, blamed a cat and sore eyes for the deadly crash.


He eventually pleaded guilty but fled Australia on a friend’s passport in 2009 and was on the run for almost five years before he was arrested in India – where he’s been dragging out legal proceedings.

Newscorp this morning reports that Puneet is ready to face justice, and his lawyer says he’ll return to Australia, if the government can promise he’ll only spend two years in jail and that he’s safety is assured.