12 Mar 2009

Prison term for killer boat driver in Fiji

8:25 pm on 12 March 2009

A Fijian man has been sentenced to a year in prison for the manslaughter of a New Zealand woman, who was killed on her honeymoon in Fiji.

Rebecca Stockwell, of Blenheim, died after a boat propeller struck her on the head while she was swimming at Matamanoa island resort in November, 2007.

Tomasi Natutuvuli Tovou, 27, who was driving the boat, was sentenced in a Fiji court on Thursday.

Mrs Stockwell's father, Mark Crawley, says a lack of safety regulations ultimately caused his daughter's death.

Mr Crawley says authorities in Fiji are reviewing safety standards at Matamanoa Island resort and he hopes the investigation will lead to the prosecution of the resort's owners.