Addinall makes accident pleas

In Grand Court on Thursday, Ronald Edward Addinall pleaded not guilty to causing death by dangerous or reckless driving.

Details were that he drove a motor vehicle on 5 November 2005 on South Church Street in a dangerous/ reckless manner, thereby causing the death of David Ian Ross.

When a third charge relating to the same incident was put, he replied, ‘Not guilty to dangerous driving, but guilty to careless driving.’

Crown Counsel Elisabeth Lees than asked that the first two charges be withdrawn.

No details of the incident were given in court. According to a police report after the incident, Mr. Ross was knocked down around 1.45am in the vicinity of Memorial Avenue.

Defence Attorney Ben Tonner asked Justice Algernon Smith to request a pre-sentence report. The judge set sentencing for 22 June. The Crown will set out the facts at that time.

On Monday, Addinall appeared in Summary Court to answer other charges relating to the same incident.

He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident without reasonable cause and failing to report an accident to police as soon as was reasonably practicable – in any event, within 24 hours.

Addinall also faces charges of driving without being licensed and driving without insurance, but Mr. Tonner asked that no pleas be taken at this time.

Ms Lees told Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute for dangerous driving, so the charge was reduced to careless driving.

The summary matters were set for mention again on 25 June.

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