Woman bailed again over Melbourne hit-run

Lauren Hindes is charged with helping Shane Cochrane to avoid police after a fatal road accident.
Lauren Hindes is charged with helping Shane Cochrane to avoid police after a fatal road accident.

A woman accused of fleeing a fatal Melbourne hit-and-run with her boyfriend has been granted bail again, despite allegedly breaching court orders in a "crime of passion".

Lauren Hindes, 33, is charged with helping Shane Cochrane avoid police after he allegedly sped through a red light and ploughed into 20-year-old Monash University student Nisali Perera as she crossed a road at Clayton on August 29.

Ms Perera was thrown 60 metres. Hindes and Cochrane allegedly fled and were arrested five days later.

Hindes was bailed in Melbourne Magistrates Court earlier this month on strict conditions, including that she not contact her boyfriend.

But she allegedly called him four times in one day last week, before being arrested again on Wednesday.

The court was told the pair discussed the collision as well as their love for each other.

"The heart is a fickle thing," her lawyer Chris Hooper said.

Magistrate Simon Zebrowski blasted Hindes for her "stupidity" but reluctantly released her again after being charged with breaching her bail conditions.

"It's a crime of passion in some respects," he said, before warning the woman she would be kept behind bars if she ignored the rules a second time.

"Your stupidity in this matter just astounds me, but I can't believe you'll be this stupid again."

A bail surety previously paid by Hindes' father was doubled to $20,000 and the woman must report daily to police.

She's expected back in court on January 9.

Cochrane remains in police custody after being charged with offences including culpable driving and dangerous driving causing death.

Australian Associated Press