Grieving mum living her 'worst nightmare'

Georgie Moore
Ahmed Sharif has admitted to the manslaughter of Paul Duncanson at Braybrook in December 2017

Cheryl Duncanson is living her worst nightmare.

She sits at home and looks at photos of her son, 40-year-old Paul Duncanson, who was run down and killed in Melbourne's west.

Ahmed Sharif, 28, admits to the manslaughter of Mr Duncanson at Braybrook on December 9, 2017.

Sharif's accomplices, 25-year-old Salah Abukar and Dawuud Abdi, 24, have been found guilty by a jury of affray and intentionally causing serious injury to Mr Duncanson's 44-year-old brother Sean.

He survived but was so badly injured he had to be placed in a medically-induced coma.

The men's mother, Cheryl, says she still feels angry, frustrated and frightened.

"I miss Paul not coming home and I miss his phone calls because he would always tell me he loved me before he hung up," Mrs Duncanson said in a statement read to the Supreme Court of Victoria on Monday.

"I sit at home and look over at his photo.

"I'm just coping."

Mrs Duncanson described the police knock at her door to tell her one son was dead and another badly hurt as "my worst nightmare".

She had previously lost her eldest son to a crash and a daughter to suicide.

"Why did my children get taken from me?" the woman asked.

A jury was previously told Sharif ran down Paul Duncanson in a car following an earlier scuffle at a nearby home.

Prosecutor Diana Karamicov on Monday said Sharif deliberately drove at Paul Duncanson but the former man's lawyer disagreed.

By Sharif's telling to police, Paul Duncanson had been chasing Abdi and the scene was chaotic.

"This dynamic environment has a bearing on his moral culpability," Sharif's barrister Patrick Doyle told the court.

The plea hearing continues.

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