31 Jul 2009

Car crash mother found guilty of causing son's death

5:29 pm on 31 July 2009

The Wairarapa woman charged with the manslaughter of her four-year-old son in a car crash has been found guilty.

Wendy-May Connon, 40, has been before the High Court in Wellington charged with the manslaughter of Konrad Truger, who was killed in January last year when a car driven by his mother crashed.

The Crown case was that Connon's speed, her failure to put the boy in a child restraint and her consumption of cannabis before she drove all combined to lead to his death.

The jury was out for five and a half hours before returning its verdict.

Detective Mana Faraimo, who headed the police inquiry, into the case, spoke briefly after the verdict was delivered.

'There's no winners in this sort of case," he said. "We still have a dead four-year-old as a result of a car crash."

Connon has been remanded on bail until her sentencing in September.