The case of a man who drove after downing three shots and cider, killing two of his passengers, has been adjourned.

Tugu Wilson, 30, lost control of the Kia he was driving on June 30 and it crashed into a two-vehicle garage on residential property in No 1 Rd, Te Puke. The crash killed seasonal kiwifruit workers Barry Tari, 24, and Hamsen Surai, 32, from Vanuatu.

Barry Tari, 24, (left) and Hamsen Surai, 32, were killed in a crash in Te Puke on June 30. Photo/ File
Barry Tari, 24, (left) and Hamsen Surai, 32, were killed in a crash in Te Puke on June 30. Photo/ File

Wilson appeared in Tauranga District Court today .

In August, Wilson admitted to driving with 141 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his system at the time of the crash. The adult legal limit is 80 milligrams.

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Fatal crash on No I Rd Te Puke where a car crashed into a garage in the early hours of June 30. Photo / File
Fatal crash on No I Rd Te Puke where a car crashed into a garage in the early hours of June 30. Photo / File

Both Tari and Surai were dead when emergency services staff arrived, and the front seat passenger sustained minor injuries.

Wilson told police he had drunk three shots and some Scrumpy cider.

His lawyer Drisana Sheely urged Judge John McDonald to adjourn sentencing to allow community probation to allow Sheely to explore possible home detention options.

Wilson's offending was within the home detention range of less than two years' prison, notwithstanding the devastating impact of the crash, Sheely said.

Wilson's supporters, seated in the public gallery, had gone to "significant lengths" to come up with possible options but that information was not yet before the court, she said.

Crown prosecutor Oliver Salt said prison was the appropriate outcome but said he could not oppose Sheely's request for sentencing to be adjourned.

The court heard that the two dead men had been drinking with Wilson before the crash.

Judge McDonald granted the adjournment for sentencing to take place on December 11 and further remanded Wilson on bail until that date.

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