Manslaughter-accused refused bail

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 12:08 12/06/2013
Linwood crash
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FATAL CRASH: Ethan Takitimu-McKenzie, 15, was killed in this accident in Dyers Rd.

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A man facing charges of manslaughter and aggravated robbery has been refused bail.

Defence counsel James Rapley said one of the reasons that Fabian Jessie Mika, 25, was seeking release on electronically monitored bail was so that he could be present for the birth of his first child in August.

Judge Raoul Neave further remanded Mika, who is unemployed, to a post-committal conference on July 19 when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.

Mika is charged with causing the manslaughter of Ethan Takitimu-McKenzie, 15, by dangerous driving before a crash in Bromley. The victim was a passenger in the vehicle.

Mika also faces charges of assault, driving while prohibited, theft of a vehicle, failing to stop for the police and leaving the scene of an accident.

He appeared in court by audio-visual link from Christchurch Men's Prison and began kicking out and acting up on camera before the link was shut down.

As the judge remanded him in custody, the family of Takitimu-McKenzie began clapping and cheering and were ordered out of court.

The victim's mother shouted: "Thanks for remanding him in custody, judge. That's where he belongs."

The family had been sitting in a part of the court where they were visible to Mika on camera.

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