A man has appeared by AVL in the Gore District Court in relation to a fatal crash.
A Southland man has appeared in court after being charged in relation to a fatal crash near Mataura in January.
But Michael Robert John Raroa, 52, a shearer, of Tuturau, did not enter a plea to two dangerous driving causing death charges, and he was further remanded in custody until December 2.
Raroa appeared by AVL in the Gore District Court on Wednesday on possession of an offensive weapon, possession of methamphetamine utensils, one charge of possessing cannabis plant for supply, and one charge of unlawfully carrying or possessing a firearm, all on September 20, 2020; one charge of one charge of possessing cannabis plant for supply on March 5, 2020; and one charge of perverting the cause of justice and two charges of dangerous driving causing death on January 26, 2020.
Raroa did not enter a plea to the two dangerous driving charges or the possession of an offensive weapon charge, but pleaded guilty to all other charges.
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His lawyer, Sonia Vidal, asked Judge Russell Walker to adjourn the case until the outcome of a case in the Invercargill High Court was known, as that might provide a defence for Raroa.
The application for an adjournment was not opposed by Crown prosecutor Mike Brownlie.
Raroa was further remanded in custody until December 2.
Judge Walker acknowledged the families of the two victims of the crash, who had attended court.
Police named the two people who died in the crash as Shaun Luke Hattrill, 21, and Nicola Jane Henare, 19, both of Mataura. They were both rear-seat passengers in a car that crashed on State Highway 1 and died at the scene.