28 Jul 2009

Little comfort from road-rage plea - victim's son

4:29 pm on 28 July 2009

The son of an elderly man fatally injured by a driver in a road-rage attack in Auckland in April says the driver's guilty plea has brought little satisfaction.

Jasmatbai Patel, 78, suffered critical head injuries in the attack, which followed a minor crash in Mount Albert, and died later in hospital.

Bio O'Brien, 28, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Tuesday morning in Auckland District Court.

Mr Patel's son, George, says he is relieved that O'Brien accepts what he has done, but notes that he has not displayed remorse during his court appearances.

He hopes O'Brien gets the maximum sentence for manslaughter.

He also says he understands that O'Brien's family now wants to apologise, but says it is three and half months too late.

O'Brien has been in custody since the attack and was charged with manslaughter in May.

He stood quietly in the dock, with his head down, throughout his appearance on Tuesday.

The guilty plea was entered through his lawyer, David Niven.

O'Brien has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the High Court in September.