Dangerous driving in dog death denied

Last updated 10:54 25/02/2014
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KILLED: Kay Hamilton said her puppy Rosie was "the most beautiful creature, friendly to everyone".

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A man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving in relation to the death of a small dog on a Hawke's Bay beach.

Adam Rayner, 28, is alleged to have been the driver of a quad-bike that was speeding on Haumoana Beach on January 9 and hit a miniature fox terrier being walked by its owner.

The eight-month old dog, named Rosie, died in the arms of her owner Kay Hamilton as she carried her home.

After the incident Ms Hamilton told The Dominion Post the rider had abused her for not having Rosie on a leash, despite the beach being a designated area for walking dogs unleashed. She believed the bike was going well over the 20kmh speed limit on the beach.

Rayner pleaded not guilty when he appeared in the Hastings District Court today.

Lawyer Roger Philip again opposed media applications to photograph Rayner.

In a memorandum to the court, Philip, said publication of his image had the potential to cause harm to his client or family.

He said Rayner had moved to Haumoana last year and, while people might not know his name, they would recognise his face. Use of a photograph could affect his safety.

The defendant feared prejudiced members of the community in Haumoana and that his family could suffer from hostility, Mr Philip submitted.

Judge Bridget Mackintosh declined the media application because of the "personal reasons" put forward by Mr Philip.

Rayner was remanded on bail to reappear on May 2 for a case review hearing.

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