A young man who has already pleaded guilty to two charges of careless driving causing injury has had his hearing on a third charge adjourned until just before Christmas.
Jordan Lee Dobbyn, 18, admitted charges of injuring Taupo cyclists David Joyce and Sirpa Lajunen on Friday, May 25, when the Toyota Hilux he was driving struck the pair as they cycled along Poihipi Rd. Both were seriously injured and have not yet fully recovered.
But Dobbyn was also charged with driving while his licence was revoked, to which he has pleaded not guilty.
In Taupo District Court today during Dobbyn's defended hearing, his lawyer Peter Hardie said Dobbyn was not guilty of driving on a revoked licence, because the notice of revocation of licence that had been served at Dobbyn's address last year named a Jamie Carlson on the notice, not Jordan Dobbyn.
"There's no actual evidence that the person to whom the notice was addressed was Mr Jordan Dobbyn," he told Judge Phillip Cooper.
Police allege Dobbyn is also known as Jamie Carlson and that he was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2010, which resulted in a head injury and in his licence being revoked on medical grounds.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Toby Morgan told the court Dobbyn and Carlson shared the same date of birth, the same address and Dobbyn himself had told police that his licence was taken off him for medical reaons.
Judge Cooper remanded Dobbyn at large to reappear on December 19 when he is also scheduled to be sentenced on the careless driving charges.
for more articles from this region, go to ROTORUA DAILY POST