Bail granted on Mt Lloyd death

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

A MAN, 36, has been ex­tra­dited to Tas­ma­nia from Vic­to­ria to face a man­slaugh­ter charge.

Joshua Ge­orge Hec­tor Clark, of Thomas­town, ap­peared in the Ho­bart Mag­is­trates Court . He did not en­ter a plea. Tas­ma­nia Po­lice De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Craig Joel said the charge re­lated to the death of a boy, 7, at Mt Lloyd, in the Der­went Val­ley, on Au­gust 22, 2015.

“Po­lice al­lege the 36-year- old man cut down a tree in cir­cum­stances that were dan­ger­ous and caused the death of the seven-year-old boy who was seated in a car,” Insp Joel said.

“The man was ar­rested on war­rant in Vic­to­ria on 18 Sep- tem­ber 2018 by Vic­to­ria Po­lice de­tec­tives and there­after trans­ferred to the cus­tody of Glenorchy CIB de­tec­tives.”

Insp Joel said the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been con­ducted in li­ai­son with the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions’ of­fice. “The young boy’s fam­ily have been ad­vised and will be pro­vided with the nec­es­sary sup­port,” he said.

Mr Clark was bailed to reap­pear in court on Oc­to­ber 18.

At the time of the boy’s death, po­lice said the boy’s mother was with her part­ner and three chil­dren col­lect­ing fire­wood. The woman was in the car with her chil­dren when a large gum tree crushed the ve­hi­cle.

The child died in hos­pi­tal.

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