12 Feb 2016

Trio admit causing Hawera barrier death

6:31 pm on 12 February 2016

Three Taranaki men have admitted causing the death of a Hawera woman killed while clearing metal barriers from State Highway 3 18 months ago.

Christine Fairweather.

Christine Fairweather Photo: SUPPLIED

Samuel Lance Hawkins, 19, Daniel George Gavin, 21, and a 17-year-old who has interim name suppression pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the High Court in New Plymouth today.

On 2 August 2014, Christine Fairweather stopped to remove the metal barriers the men had placed on the road at Normanby.

She was hit and killed by a ute driven by Geoff Douglas Hart, who admitted careless driving causing death and was sentenced in January 2015 to 100 hours of community work.

Justice Muir referred the men that appeared today to restorative justice and ordered them to reappear for sentencing on 5 April.

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