25 Apr 2009

Crash victim 'insulted' by reparation

7:08 am on 25 April 2009

A man who suffered a broken leg and cracked ribs when a District Court Judge collided with his moped has described the $1800 reparation ordered in the case as an insult.

Judge Grant Fraser, of Palmerston North, who admitted a charge of careless driving causing injury, was disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay reparation.

While driving in Tauranga in January the judge collided with moped rider Selwyn Parker, who suffered a broken leg, cracked ribs and bruising.

He was sentenced in the Wellington District Court on Friday. Chief District Court Judge Russell Johnson said it was clear that Fraser was remorseful for what had happened.

The judge was ordered to pay $1800 in reparation for emotional harm.

Mr Parker had sought $18,000 reparation and intends to take legal advice about other options for reimbursement of the costs he incurred due to the crash.