Jury finds Foxton man not guilty

Last updated 16:40 26/07/2012

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A jury has today cleared a young Foxton man of involvement in a deadly road crash.

Louise Reichenbach, of Foxton Beach, 20, and Bailey Kinita, of Shannon, 14, were killed when the blue Telstar they were crammed into flipped on Foxton Beach Rd about 4.45am on February 20 last year.

The other five people in the car were injured.

The man driving the Telstar, William Nicholson-Kuiti, is serving a prison term of four years and nine months.

This week in the High Court at Palmerston North, Michael James Needham, 23, faced trial on two charges of being a party to manslaughter and four of being a party to dangerous driving causing injury.

The Crown alleged Needham was racing or driving competatively with Nicholson-Kuiti and was partly responsile for the Telstar losing control.

But after deliberating for 3 1/2 hours the jury returned unanimous not-guilty verdicts on all six charges and Needham was free to go.

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- Manawatu Standard

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