From Tauranga District Court

A Go Bus driver who was carrying 19 Bethlehem College students when he collided with a ute after pulling out of Barretts Rd, Whakamarama on to SH2 has been convicted of careless driving and discharged.

Ivan Frederick Boyle, 75, of Gate Pa, who earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of careless use of a motor vehicle in relation to the December 6 crash, was sentenced by Tauranga Community Magistrate Jack Best yesterday.

Boyle's lawyer Tony Balme told the court that the intersection was a notorious crash site, and pulling out of Barretts Rd was long recognised as a difficult manoeuvre due to poor visibility.

He said since the crash the bus route has been changed and drivers can no longer make a right turn. Mr Boyle who had an otherwise unblemished driving record, had signed up to a defensive driving course, he said. Mr Best, who noted Mr

Boyle was the only one injured in the crash, said no further penalty was needed.

Meanwhile, a Tauranga accountant accused of siphoning $112,125 from her adult son's trust account has won her bid for her identity to be kept secret.

The woman who faced one representative charge of theft when she appeared in Tauranga Community Magistrate's Court yesterday has been granted interim name suppression.

Court documents reveal police allege the defendant stole the funds between October 1, 2003 and February 2, 2012.

Police opposed name suppression on two grounds, particularly the risk that others working in the same occupation may come under suspicion.

But the woman's lawyer successfully argued that name suppression should be allowed until at least further disclosure was obtained from police.

Community Magistrate Jack Best granted interim name suppression, and remanded the defendant on bail without plea.

The issue of name suppression will be revisited when the matter is next called in the Tauranga Registrar's Court next month.


- Bay of Plenty Times

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