Driver who caused man’s death pleads guilty

The Invercargill man who caused the death of Dr Giovan Vincent Anthony De Croos admitted his guilt in the Invercargill District Court yesterday.

Zachary John Griffiths (21) pleaded guilty to driving with an excess breath alcohol level causing death and failing to stop at an accident to ascertain injury on December 5 last year.

Defence counsel Kate McHugh acknowledged many of Griffiths’ friends and family were in the courtroom to support him yesterday.

She said an amended and agreed summary of facts had now been provided to the court by the officer in charge.

Judge John Brandts-Giesen said the summary of facts was not required to be read out but would be available to media at sentencing.

He also ordered a pre-sentence report and drug and alcohol assessment be carried out.

He remanded Griffiths on bail to July 1, when he will appear at a sentence hearing, and ordered him not to drive with any alcohol reading above zero.

Dr De Croos (81) was killed at Waimatua Creek Bridge, Woodend.

He was born in Sri Lanka and had been an award-winning weightlifter and weightlifting coach in the region for decades.

karen.pasco@odt.co.nz

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