4 December 2021
Thursday 14 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National
Judge Dame Judith Potter. (PHOTO: NZLS). 21060427
Judith Potter, who oversaw the case at the beginning of the sentencing, said
although the charge was serious, Pitihana would not be convicted.
The court heard
in April this year Pitihana pulled out on the Main Road in Avarua and did not
see a motorcycle travelling in the same direction.
was thrown off the bike and suffered minor injuries, while the bike had
significant damage worth $910.
had never been in court before and had never been in a motor accident of this
kind, the court heard.
said the cost of damage to the motorcycle was quickly paid off by Pitihana.
The Judge said
the victim did not seek any punishment for Pitihana.
has no aggravating factors and is the lowest end of this type of offending,”
Judge Potter said.
penalty for careless driving causing injury is five years imprisonment or a
fine not exceeding $5000.
Judge Potter told Pitihana to pay $20 towards the victim’s medical expenses.