Hit-and-run ac­cused en­ter guilty pleas

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By FLORENCE KERR

The trial of three men in­volved in the hit and run of Seth Tera has ended early af­ter the trio en­tered guilty pleas on Mon­day.

Sean Hemi Fol­las, 20, Har­ley David Robert­son, 19, and Pa­trick Liam Wil­son, 19, pleaded guilty to wound­ing with in­tent to in­jure.

The trial started in the Ro­torua High Court on Mon­day. It was ex­pected to last a week but in­stead lasted one day.

The de­fen­dants were orig­i­nally fac­ing charges of be­ing par­ties to in­ten­tion­ally in­jur­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, a more se­ri­ous charge than they ad­mit­ted to later in the day.

The trio were in a 4WD driven by Dion Bolt, 19, in Toko­roa on Septem­ber 12 last year.

At about 3.40am Bolt chased a group of teens which in­cluded Seth. In an ef­fort to es­cape Seth climbed a fence but be­came stuck.

Bolt ran him down and as Seth lay in­jured on the ground, Bolt took a claw ham­mer from his ve­hi­cle and struck the teen in the head, frac­tur­ing his skull.

Bolt has al­ready been sen­tenced to seven years and six months’ jail af­ter plead­ing guilty to at­tempted murder last month.

Toko­roa De­tec­tive Sergeant Kevan Verry was pleased with the out­come.

‘‘This is a pleas­ing re­sult for the vic­tim, his fam­ily and the po­lice. All four per­sons in the util­ity ve­hi­cle that ran Seth over have been held to ac­count and will be sen­tenced ac­cord­ingly.

‘‘Even though the court case is over this in­ci­dent will never be over for Seth as his in­juries will be life­long, how­ever he is a strong and de­ter­mined young man and the Toko­roa Po­lice wish him all the best for the fu­ture.’’

All three have been re­manded on bail for sen­tenc­ing in Fe­bru­ary next year.

RE­LIEVED: Guilty pleas from all four of his at­tack­ers will pro­vide some clo­sure for Seth Tera.

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