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Charges dropped in woman's death

Last updated 11:37 27/11/2013

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A man facing a manslaughter charge after the death of a woman at his Waikato quad bike tour business has had the charges dropped.

Riverland Adventures owner Percy Kukutai, 61, was charged with the manslaughter of Chelsea Callaghan, a 38-year-old tourist from Melbourne. Callaghan was on a Riverland Adventures quad bike tour when she crashed and suffered severe head injuries in Klondyke Rd, Onewhero, on October 11.

She was taken to Auckland City Hospital where a day later her life support was turned off.

Kukutai appeared in the High Court in Auckland today. The Crown presented a memorandum saying the Crown solicitor had reviewed the case and found there was insufficient evidence of negligence "which would establish a causal connection with the death".

Justice Timothy Brewer said a very high degree of negligence was necessary to find a criminal charge.

Prosecutor Aaron Perkins said the decision not to proceed with the case had been referred to the solicitor-general, who also agreed there were insufficient grounds.

Kukutai was discharged, which has the same effect as an acquittal.

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