Easy Rider director faces jail court told

Last updated 05:00 14/02/2013

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A Bluff woman on charges relating to the Foveaux Strait Easy Rider boating tragedy could face prison if found guilty, an Invercargill District Court has heard.

Gloria Davis has been charged with three offences under the Health and Safety in Employment Act and two under the Maritime Transport Act after the March 2012 sinking in which eight people died.

She has pleaded not guilty. AZ1 Enterprises, of which Davis is the sole director, faces similar charges.

At a status hearing for Davis yesterday, Judge Kevin Phillips asked her lawyer, Roger Eagles, what the penalty was for the charges she faced.

Mr Eagles said two of the charges carried a possible prison sentence.

Judge Phillips remanded the case until March 28, when a hearing date will be set.

The eight deaths included Davis's partner and the boat's skipper William Rewai Desmond Karetai, 47, Shane Ronald Topi, 29, Peter Glen Pekamu-Bloxham, 53, Boe Taikawa Gillies, 28, John Henry Karetai, 58, Paul Jason Fowler-Karetai, 40, Odin Nirvana Karetai, 6, and David George Fowler, 50.

Dallas Reedy was the only survivor.

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