3 Mar 2015

'Compassion' over driveway death

5:31 pm on 3 March 2015

A man who ran over his great-nephew in a south Auckland driveway has been discharged without conviction.

George Mahanga had been charged with careless driving resulting in death over the 2013 incident in which 18-month old Kronos Grosney was killed.

Mr Mahanga's lawyer told the Manukau District Court today his client had said it did not matter what sentence he was given because he was serving a life sentence personally, due to the grief.

Kronos Grosney's father said he felt responsible for his child's death.

He told Judge Recordon it was his responsibility to be looking after his son, and it was wrong to be charging Mr Mahanga.

Judge Recordon said a discharge with no conviction was the fairest, and most compassionate outcome, and Mr Mahanga would be able to keep his driver's licence.

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