Guilty plea on quad bike fa­tal­ity


The man driv­ing a quad bike that con­trib­uted to the death of promis­ing sports­man An­drew Paul Grubb has pleaded guilty.

In the Alexan­dra District Court last week, Cody Ethan Mitchell, 23, en­gi­neer, of Cromwell, pleaded guilty to a charge of care­less use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs caus­ing death.

Grubb, 20, of Palmer­ston, was a pas­sen­ger on the quad bike Mitchell was driv­ing when he fell from it on Septem­ber 11.

He died from his in­juries five days later in Dunedin Hos­pi­tal.

Friends and fam­ily were in court sup­port­ing Mitchell and Grubb’s par­ents watched from the pub­lic gallery.

Po­lice pro­s­ec­tor Sergeant Ian Collin asked that Mitchell’s bail con­di­tions in­clude re­sid­ing in Cromwell and that he not drive a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Judge Do­minic Flat­ley con­victed Mitchell and re­manded him on bail to un­dergo a drug and al­co­hol as­sess­ment and com­plete restora­tive jus­tice with Grubb’s fam­ily.

Flat­ley did not have the sum­mary of facts read.

Mitchell will be sen­tenced on Fe­bru­ary 15.

From back left, 10-year vet­eran Peter Bum­seng, chief ex­ec­u­tive He­len Axby, op­er­a­tions man­ager Gwen Kal­met Car­lot, 10-year veter­ans Zebedee Poilapa and Chal­lie Lau. From front left, Kay­lani Bai­ley, 8, Haylie Car­lot, 6, Cleona Car­lot, 10.

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