Boy racer attacks media at court

JODY O'CALLAGHAN
Last updated 12:38 18/06/2012

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A boy racer accused of doing burnouts during a funeral procession at a cemetery has charged and kicked out at news media outside court.

Caigan Luke Hayes, 21, a glazier, of Birchville, Upper Hutt, charged at a Dominion Post photographer, before running at and kicking a TV3 cameraman who was filming him leaving Lower Hutt District Court today.

Neither sustained injuries.

There were several witnesses to the incident, including Hayes' co-accused Jake Bevan Tyrrell, 18 and Glenn Taylor, 21, who are charged with driving dangerously on Akatarawa Rd, near Upper Hutt, on March 12, and driving in a way that caused "sustained loss of traction".

Hayes was also charged with unlawfully having two boxes of ammunition, growing cannabis, possessing cannabis, receiving a stolen Nissan Skyline and stealing another Skyline.

Mourners reported thick smoke from their hot tyres filling the air as they made their way to farewell Troy Kahui, 22, a friend who died from a heart condition. One car had the number plate SLYD3N.

Kahui's sister, Joanne, said last month she was proud of the people who did burnouts.

"There were endless tears, " she said. "We couldn't have asked for a better sendoff than what he got."

She said the incident had been "blown out of proportion".

"They were doing it for Troy. He was passionate about cars. He was passionate about drifting. He was an utter fanatic."

Alexander James French, 28, a storeman also from Upper Hutt, has also been charged with driving dangerously and in a manner that caused ''sustained loss of traction'', but he failed to appear in court.

The accused have been remanded on bail until July.

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