The woman convicted of Taranaki's body-on-the-bonnet killing has been involved in another car incident in which a man was ploughed down.
Cyndi Fairburn was a passenger in a van when the driver used it to ram into a man, the New Plymouth District Court was told this week.
Ryan Kinnair Butchart denied two charges of assault with a weapon, failure to stop or ascertain injury and causing injury while under the influence after the incident in South Rd on September 14.
Fairburn was convicted of manslaughter last year over the death in 2007 of her former boyfriend, Darin Maxwell, in a head-on crash dubbed the "body on the bonnet" case. She was freed from jail in March.
Butchart's lawyer, Paul Keegan, said that in the latest incident, police said the trio involved were riding in the van together when a fight broke out between them.
The victim got out of the vehicle and kicked it, then stood 10 metres in front of it to stop it from going. He then attacked the van twice more before Butchart accelerated and mowed him down.
Mr Keegan defended the charge of failing to stop, saying Butchart stopped about 500 metres down the road. "He tried to leave twice and the car was assaulted by the victim."
Judge Allan Roberts said using a car as a weapon was a serious offence, and remanded Butchart on bail until sentencing on October 16.
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