The court case against a man charged with causing the death
of Timaru financier Allan Hubbard has been delayed, after
police requested an adjournment.
Andrew John Earl (40), of Milton, pleaded not guilty to
charges of careless driving causing the death of Mr Hubbard
(83) and careless driving causing the injury to Mr Hubbard's
wife, Jean (82), on State Highway 1, at Hilderthorpe, near
Oamaru, on September 2 last year.
Earl confirmed his not-guilty plea in the Dunedin District
Court in May, and a defended hearing, which was expected to
last at least three days, was scheduled to start in the
Timaru District Court on December 3.
The crash was investigated by police in Waitaki, and although
no-one was available for comment yesterday, the adjournment
was agreed to by the defence counsel.
The reasons given to Judge David Saunders for the adjournment
were the unavailability of one witness and the need for
further investigation into the crash.
A nominal date of February 13 has been set, but no fixture
date has been confirmed.