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Apted Snr Fined $6000

An 85-year-old man was fined $6000 by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday for one count of dangerous driving occasioning death and two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous harm. The
09 Jun 2015 11:56
Apted Snr Fined $6000

An 85-year-old man was fined $6000 by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday for one count of dangerous driving occasioning death and two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous harm.

The court heard that on February 2 last year, William Apted was driving on the Parish Church Driveway off Varani Street in Laucala Bay, Suva when he lost control of the vehichle he was driving impacting on the Work family who were walking down the driveway.

The court also heard that the impact killed four-year-old Georgina Work and caused serious injuries to Anthony and June Work.

Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili said there was no vehicle fault with the vehichle and the fault lay entirely with the accused.

“You acknowledge that and no doubt this lies heavily with you as you have torn apart a young girl from the warm embrace of her family with your negligence,” Magistrate Ratuvili said.

In addition the accused was disqualified from driving for the next two years.

Thereafter he must be medically cleared in order to have his licence restored to him.

The accused’s fine was to be paid in one month in default of committal for 600 days.

The fine will be reviewed in one month, and Apted was to surrender his driver’s licence yesterday and was given 28 days to appeal.

 

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