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Jail call for road rage rivals over death

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Rick Goodman

Two Adelaide men who were in a road pursuit sparked by "bad blood", which led one to hit a pedestrian, throwing his body 50 metres down the road, should be jailed, a court has heard.

Colin Ivan Munn had been provoked by a middle finger gesture and a comment about his dead brother when he angrily sped after Damien Harold White in April 2014.

It was White's car that hit and killed 63-year-old Stuart Oates but both men were found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Chris Edge says the offending was too serious for them to avoid prison sentences, particularly for Munn, who lacked remorse.

"It was a deliberate decision to engage in a high-speed pursuit with obvious potential for danger," he told the District Court in sentencing submissions on Thursday.

But the court heard Munn, who has anger issues and was provoked by a comment from White, wished he could turn back time and do things differently.

"If he had stayed in his mum's driveway instead of following Mr White," defence lawyer Sean Richter said of Mann's regrets.

"If he hadn't been so incensed by the comment about his dead brother - it was a month and a day since his brother had died.

"This was a few moments of stupidity."

Mann, 32, and White, 43, had once been mates but they had fallen out over a woman and there was "bad blood" between them, the court heard.

On the morning of the fatal crash, White was driving when he saw the co-accused, and by his own admission he "reacted stupidly".

"He gave him the finger," White's lawyer Stephen Apps said.

This set Mann off. He followed White down the street and "needled" White, who came back with the cutting comment about the brother.

White was travelling about 100km/h with Mann on his tail when he hit Mr Oates, who was thrown high in the air and came to rest some 50m from where he was struck.

Both White's and Mann's lawyers urged Judge Wayne Chivell to consider home detention sentences.

They will be sentenced on February 9.

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