A Rotorua man has been sentenced to home detention for failing to stop after he ran over a young man.
Hapeta Kane Hori Manley, 29, was sentenced in the Rotorua District Court yesterday to six months' home detention for failing to stop after he hit Israel Jack, 20.
He was also fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for 18 months.
Judge James Weir said he formed the conclusion that Manley "willfully chose to ignore [he] hit something".
Jack was found dead in Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua, about 4.25am on Sunday, August 18, last year.
The judge said Manley had finished work as a bartender that night, and was driving home along Te Ngae Rd when he hit Jack.
Police are still unsure how Jack came to be on the road.
Manley handed himself into the Rotorua police station three days after the incident after seeing media reports.
Jack's father, Rendall Jack, read his victim impact statement to the court.
"I am sure I am not alone when I am often haunted and traumatised and feel so angry by the very thought that my son may have been alive when and even after you ran him over," he said.
"I cannot and do not believe you didn't know that you had run a solidly built person over when you didn't brake and didn't stop."
- Fairfax Media