18 Oct 2012

Driver jailed for manslaughter of cyclist

8:15 pm on 18 October 2012

A 22-year-old man Tauranga man has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for the manslaughter of a cyclist in January this year.

Dillon Bishop was sentenced in the High Court at Rotorua on Thursday for causing the death of David Armstrong in an outlying area south-west of Tauranga on 8 January.

He had lost control of his unregistered Nissan Skyline when he hit Mr Armstrong, killing him instantly.

Bishop was also ordered to pay $5000 in reparation to Mr Armstrong's wife, Debbie, and was disqualified from driving for three years.

In sentencing, Justice Asher said it was hard to imagine a car that was less roadworthy and more of a danger on the roads than the vehicle involved in the incident.

He said what made the car so dangerous was that it had a very powerful, highly tuned motor in it.