A 49-year-old Nightcaps man has been jailed for driving carelessly while under the influence of drink or a drug or both causing the death of Michael Ngarahu Grey.
Henry Tai Jack, a shed hand, appeared before Judge Gary MacAskill in the Invercargill District Court today after admitting the charge and three others of causing bodily injury by driving carelessly while under the influence of drink or a drug or both at Mossburn on December 13 last year.
Jack was sentenced to 21 months' jail, ordered to pay $3098.91 reparation and disqualified from driving for two years' and six months.
Judge MacAskill said Jack was tired and had been smoking cannabis and consuming alcohol.
Jack's lawyer Hugo Young said he admitted taking cannabis, he was fatigued, and had three or four stubbies.
It was a sad and tragic event and Jack was remorseful, he said.
- The Southland Times