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Apted Disqualified From Driving For Life

William Walsh Apted has been disqualified from driving for life after the High Court in Suva reviewed his sentence. The High Court set aside the sentence delivered by the Chief
19 Sep 2015 09:11
Apted Disqualified From Driving For Life

William Walsh Apted has been disqualified from driving for life after the High Court in Suva reviewed his sentence.

The High Court set aside the sentence delivered by the Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili in June and passed another sentence.

The 85-year-old was earlier disqualified from driving for two years and fined $6000 for one count of dangerous driving causing occasioning death and two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous harm. The Office of the DPP then appealed this matter in the High Court.

High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan passed a reviewed sentence of two years imprisonment suspended for three years.

Apted also has to pay an additional fine of $4000 before the end of this month and is disqualified from driving for life.

Justice Madigan while delivering the sentence said while much emphasis was placed on the trauma suffered by Apted and on the mitigation factors, less regard was given to the horrific consequences of his driving.

Justice Madigan said the sentence passed by the Magistrates Court lacked balance in many respects.

He said the offence of dangerous driving occasioning death was an offence of two components- the driving and the consequences.

He said the result of dangerous driving was of equal importance to the driving and regard must be heard to this in balancing the two components.

Apted was charged after the death of a four year old girl in a road accident and the serious injuries caused to her parents at Varani Street, Raiwaqa, Suva, last year.

He was a first offender and had pleaded guilty to the charges.

 

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