11 Mar 2009

Boatie admits fatally hitting woman on honeymoon

6:48 pm on 11 March 2009

A Fijian man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a New Zealand woman killed on her honeymoon.

Rebecca Stockwell, of Blenheim, died in November 2007 after being hit by a boat while snorkelling with her husband near Fiji's Matamanoa Island Resort.

Tomasi Natutuvuli Tovou, 27, was driving the boat which hit Mrs Stockwell.

The boat labourer appeared in court on Tuesday charged with manslaughter and will be sentenced on Thursday.

Mrs Stockwell's father, Mark Crawley, says he understands a prison term for Tovou is unlikely, though prosecutors are investigating possible charges against the resort where the couple were staying.

Mr Crawley says the issue of safety standards at the resort is likely to be raised in a Coroner's report after the sentencing.