Daughter's tears over alleged road rage
LATEST: A young woman has given evidence as a prosecution witness against her investment banker father accused of running over a man in an alleged road rage incident.
She became upset and court was briefly adjourned when her evidence was shown to be significantly different to what she gave police at the time.
Prominent commentator Guy Hallwright is on trial at the Auckland District Court on a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to Song-jin Kim, 58, by driving over him, with an alternative charge of recklessly bodily harm, over the incident on September 8, 2010. He has pleaded not guilty.
Hallwright was in the car with his daughter, Isabel Hallwright, 18, who today was called by the prosecution.
Isabel told the court she did not realise her father had hit Kim.
"My father drove forward and after what seemed a pretty long time there was a small bump while we were driving," she said.
She told the court she did not believe at the time they had hit Kim.
Crown prosecutor Ross Burns produced a police statement the teenager had signed following the incident. In that she said she knew Kim had been hit.
After her father drove off she could hear "Mr Kim yelling, hollering," she had said in the police statement.
"Dad kept driving away I yelled at him to stop because the guy was obviously hurt."
The court has heard the incident began when Hallwright was at the intersection of Symonds St and Khyber Pass Rd.
He was in the car with his daughter waiting for the red light to change. Kim was behind him.
When the light changed Hallwright did not move off, prompting other cars to sound their horns and drive around him. Kim, who was behind them denied tooting his horn saying the Hallwrights were obviously arguing and he was watching them.
Isabel denied there was any argument, saying she was going to a music studio to record a song with her father playing guitar. They were discussing that.
She said the car she believed was Kim's honked intensely and a block on, as her father went into a parking spot, the man came slowly by them honking.
She said her father gave him the fingers.
Kim then stopped in front of them.
"The other driver had made it pretty clear he was going to get out of the car and come to us, or Dad was going to get out and go to him," she said.
She told the court her father was calm and wasn't agitated when he got out.
When he got to Kim's car the driver's door was partly opened. Her father said something and then slammed the door shut on Kim.
He then returned to his car and Kim got out of his.
Kim claimed he suffered varicose veins and could not walk quickly and had slipped forward onto Hallwright's car.
Hallwright's daughter said Kim moved quickly and did not seem to have any kind of impairment.
"I remember how afraid I was, and frequently locking my car doors," she said.
"I thought he was coming to attack my dad."
Kim banged on the car bonnet.
"I don't know what he was saying but I wasn't listening, I was shouting. He seemed really angry, he was red in the face, there was spit everywhere and his eyes were wide and angry."
She said her father eased off the brakes on the automatic and let the car roll forward slightly.
Kim, she said, moved to the driver's side of the bonnet.
"He seemed quite far away from the car.
"My father drove forward and after what seemed a pretty long time there was a small bump while we were driving."
She told court she did not believe they had hit him and said she found it hard to understand how the car hit him.
In her police statement she said her father had panicked.
She told the court she had wanted to run away "but I was too afraid of Mr Kim getting into the vehicle".
"I was hyper-ventilating."
The court is into its second day of a scheduled five-day sitting before Judge Raoul Neave and a jury.
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