Inspector thought Easy Rider 'wasn't going anywhere'

Last updated 13:04 27/01/2014

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The defended hearing for Easy Rider widow Gloria Davis has continued this morning, after being adjourned for two days last week.

Davis, director of AZ1 Enterprises Ltd and owner of the the Easy Rider, faces five charges. AZ1 Enterprises Ltd also faces five charges.

Her hearing, before Judge John Strettell in the Invercargill District Court, began last Monday but was adjourned on Thursday and Friday because Davis was unwell.

Today, witness Gary Levy, the maritime safety inspector who began examining the Easy Rider the day the vessel departed on its last voyage, said he had not completed his investigation on March 14 because the whole thing was ''turning into a farce''.

Mr Karetai did not have the right paperwork and Mr Levy ''didn't have time to sit there while people were running home looking for stuff'', he said.

He told Mr Karetai to get it sorted and then he would come back, as he was in Bluff until that Friday, the court heard.

When asked by the defence why he did not make a formal appointment to revisit the Easy Rider later in the week, Mr Levy said he was not in a fuss.

''With the state of the weather and what he [Rewai Karetai] had told me, I had no fear the vessel was going anywhere.''

The hearing continues this afternoon.

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- The Southland Times

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