Labourer charged following honeymooner's death

21:38, Feb 17 2009

A Fijian labourer will be charged with manslaughter following the death of Blenheim honeymooner Rebecca Crawley.

The 26-year-old, who had been married just six days, was snorkelling with husband Hayden Stockwell off the island of Matamanoa on November 30 when a boat propeller struck her.

She was flown to Lautoka Hospital but died.

Fiji police spokesman Josaia Weicavu said the boatman would be charged with manslaughter.

The director of public prosecutions would give his written directive for the prosecution on Monday, and the man would be arrested to appear in the Magistrate's Court in Lautoka.

Stockwell said he supported the police decision to prosecute.

Friends and family farewelled Crawley at a celebration of her life at the Church of the Nativity in Blenheim on Wednesday.



The Press