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Driver admits causing death: Case referred to restorative justice

Sep 19, 2014

from the article in Otago Daily Times:

A man who yesterday admitted careless driving causing the death of another motorist will complete a restorative justice programme before being sentenced.

Michael John Andrews (27), mine worker, of Queenstown, appeared before Judge Tom Broadmore in the Queenstown District Court and admitted causing the death of David Orchard on State Highway 1, Mangamaunu, Kaikoura, on March 6....

Inquiries with Mr Orchard's family confirmed they were interested in entering into a restorative justice programme, but they asked for Andrews to be sentenced in Wellington.

Judge Broadmore entered the conviction and remanded Andrews to the Hastings District Court, as a nominal location, for sentencing on October 22.

He directed Andrews to enter into a restorative justice programme, during which a discussion about where sentencing should take place should occur.

Judge Broadmore entered a pre-sentence report to address all options short of imprisonment, including community and home detention options.

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