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Tuesday 13 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

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Kiwi to pay over $8k in reparations
The Justice building in Avarua.

A New Zealander who crashed into a motorcyclist, injuring them in the process has agreed to pay more than $8000 in reparations and court costs.

Jacob Nathaniel Faull appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta in the Criminal Court in Avarua on Thursday last week. He pleaded guilty to two charges of careless driving.

According to the summary of facts, read out in Court, the accident occurred on August 24, 2022.

It involved the defendant making a wrong turn and crashing into a motorcyclist. Faull subsequently underwent a blood alcohol test, and got a reading of 16mg per 100ml of blood; the legal limit is 50mg. The victim sustained injuries as a result of the crash.

Faull’s defence counsel Norman George said the defendant was remorseful and tried to provide as much support to the victim as possible.

“The defendant agreed to a reparations scheme without hesitation. He will make arrangements for those reparations.”

George noted this was Faull’s first-ever offence before the Court.

Faull had agreed to pay $3480 for the damage to the motorcycle, $300 for the blood test, $1940 in medical costs for the victim and $2400 in lost wages to the victim.

JP Whitta told Faull he had settled matters “very sensibly”.

“You’ve stayed here to make sure you get matters very settled.”

JP Whitta agreed to the fine and reparations details as outlined by George.