A cellphone company's testimony backing police claims that a teen driver was texting when she crashed and killed her 16-year-old passenger will have to wait.
Amanda Rose, 18, of Carterton, accepts her careless driving caused the death of Tegan Moyes in a crash north of Masterton in February but is disputing police claims that she was texting at the time.
Police flew a representative of cellphone provider 2degrees from Auckland to Masterton yesterday to support their version of events, costing taxpayers "the best part of $1000", the court heard.
But it came to nothing after other court business took longer than expected, forcing Judge Bill Hastings to again adjourn Rose's disputed facts hearing.
Rose claims poor cellphone coverage in downtown Masterton resulted in a text she sent at McDonald's not registering as being sent until seven or eight minutes later, when the crash happened.
Police were relying on expert evidence from her cellphone provider, 2degrees, to dispute this, but it was not available on Wednesday, causing the case to be adjourned until yesterday.
However, after delays in other hearings, Rose's lawyer Jock Blathwayt said there was insufficient time to hear the dispute about timing and coverage yesterday.
Police prosecutor Garry Wilson opposed the adjournment and asked that at least the 2degrees evidence be heard.
"We've spent the best part of $1000 so from the point of view of the taxpayer that would probably make sense."
While "sorry for the taxpayer" Mr Blathwayt also said it was not his client's fault time had run out.
Judge Hastings said the wasting of taxpayers' money was less important than the dispute being heard properly.
He remanded Rose until a nominal date of October 29, when another date will be set for the hearing.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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