22 Mar 2024

Arrest made in NSW fatal hit-and-run that killed Kiwi lawyer

5:37 pm on 22 March 2024
Mitch East and a NSW police logo.

Mitch East, 28. Photo: Supplied via LinkedIn / AFP

Australian police have arrested a man in relation to a suspected hit-and-run in Sydney at the weekend that left a New Zealand man dead.

Mitch East, 28, was found bleeding on a Tamarama street at 4am on Sunday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Tamarama is in the city's east, just south of Bondi Beach.

He was unable to be revived, and died at the scene.

New South Wales police on Friday afternoon said a 63-year-old man was arrested that morning.

He has been charged with failing to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death, dangerous driving occasioning death - drive manner dangerous, negligent driving (occasioning death) and driver use mobile phone when not permitted.

He was refused bail, and will appear in Parramatta District Court on Saturday.

According to his LinkedIn profile, East had previously been a judge's clerk and the Supreme Court of New Zealand and a senior adviser to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch Terrorist Attack. He had studied at the University of Otago and Harvard.

His employer, Australian law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler, told staff in an email he was a "highly talented lawyer and popular and valued member of the firm, whose loss will be deeply felt".