Court appearance over lawnmowing death
A 72-year-old man charged in relation to a lawnmowing incident that killed a 4-year-old Hastings boy has made a brief appearance in court this morning.
Uetaha Dahtanian Ransfield-Wanoa, of Camberley, died in the incident at Kirkpatrick Park in Hastings on October 8 last year.
The man, who has name suppression, faces one charge of reckless driving causing death. The charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years prison or a fine of $20,000.
The man appeared before a registrar and was remanded at large without plea until March 4.
The boy had been playing at the park with his cousins when he went under a tractor-pulled mower cutting grass.
The accident was witnessed by the victim's uncle and other children who ran to get help.
Hastings District Council and WorkSafe NZ were investigating the incident.
The Dominion Post