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Man accused of Darwin hit-run granted bail

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Emmanouil Kampouris was driving along Vanderlin Drive Leanyer on Monday evening when he allegedly hit five year old Paikea Hiko.

A 22-year-old man accused of a hit-and-run crash which left a five-year-old boy in hospital has appeared in court.

Emmanouil Kampouris was driving along Vanderlin Drive Leanyer on Monday evening when he allegedly hit five-year-old Paikea Hiko as the boy was riding his scooter with his brother and a friend. 

Appearing in the Darwin Local Court this morning, Mr Kampouris applied for bail, which the prosecution argued should not be granted due to the time it took to for him to come forward, adding there is a strong crown case.

Mr Kampouris' defence lawyer Koulla Roussos told the court her client had no prior criminal history.

"He's been residing in Darwin for the last three years, he is a tiler who works five to seven days a week with his uncle," she said.

Ms Roussos also said Mr Kampouris had a flight booked back to Greece tomorrow, but still chose to hand himself into police.

"He handed himself in knowing he could leave tomorrow," she said.  

"He handed himself into police, it's been conceded there is a strong prima facie case but he has no priors... he could avoid a term of imprisonment."

Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Lindner said last night the family of the alleged offender called police to notify them of his involvement.

Police charged him with one count of hit-and-run causing serious harm and searched a Nakara residence, where they seized a silver 2005 Ford Falcon BA XR6 sedan. 

Det. Snr Sgt Lindner thanked the public for their assistance which ultimately led to Mr Kampouris coming forward.

"The pressure from the community and the media has prompted that," Det. Snr Sgt Lindner said.

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Police received many tip-offs from the public after releasing CCTV images from the night the alleged hit-and-run occurred. 

"The list we had generated of matching cars was in the hundreds, so I suspect we would have got there eventually... so we're thankful for the man for coming forward."

Police said alcohol and drugs were not likely to be a factor in the crash.

Pikea's mother thanked the public for their assistance but said she was disappointed with today's outcome.

"I was relieved at first but now that he has been released on bail I'm outraged," Ms Calma said.

"I do want to thank police, they've been in touch the entire time and I think they have done an amazing job.

"The Territory has been amazing, the community has been awesome, everyone has come forward and helped police with what they've known so yeah I want to thank them as well."

Ms Calma said Pikea will be in a body cast for six weeks while he continues to recover.

"He's happy, he's in good spirits, he wants to go home of course."

Mr Kampouris spent hours waiting inside court to avoid the media before eventually leaving this afternoon escorted by his lawyer.

He was granted bail and his family paid $10,000 surety. 

He will reappear on October 16. 

Source: 9News

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