Judge lifts suppression order on victims' names
A spokeswoman for the parents of Corey New, Paul Morris, Mitchell Eveleigh and Bryce Wells, who were killed in the crash, told the court they wanted their children named and not referred to as ‘the deceased’ or ‘the victims’.
District Court Judge Charteris responded by lifting a non-publication order on the names.
The driver of the car, who cannot be named because he was a juvenile at the time of the accident, has pleaded not guilty to four charges of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death.
Today, the trial will move to the oldest court room at the courthouse to accommodate the 100 people summoned as potential jurors. Judge Charteris said so many people were summoned to ensure the impartiality of the jury.
He said the boys and witnesses involved in the case were so well known a big pool of potential jurors was needed to guarantee the selection of 12 people who did not know any of the people involved in the case.
Each of the charges against the young driver carries a maximum sentence of 14 years’ jail.