The court appearance of a 19-year-old Aucklander charged with causing the deaths of a Northland mother and daughter has been rescheduled to next month. The man, who has interim name suppression, was to have appeared in the Whangarei District Court yesterday but he will now reappear on May 6 via audio visual link. He is facing two charges of drink driving causing death, two of careless driving causing death and another of failing to stop to ascertain injury or death. The silver sedan he was driving collided head-on with a people mover vehicle on State Highway 1 at Topuni on the night of March 30, killing Janiah Fairburn and her 2-year-old daughter Azarliyah Hadfield.
Car flips near Rawene
A woman was trapped in an upside-down car after a two-car crash at the intersection of State Highway 12 and Rawene Rd yesterday. The smash happened about 12.30pm with the three people involved ''very lucky'' to escape serious injury, Rawene fire chief Nopera Pikari said. Firefighters extricated the local woman, who was taken initially to Hokianga Hospital in a serious condition. Her son managed to get out by himself and had only minor injuries. The elderly female driver of the other vehicle was badly shaken but unhurt. Pikari urged caution at the intersection, which had seen a number of nasty accidents already this year.
Four Square burgled
Police are hoping that CCTV cameras will help them solve a break-in at the Cooper's Beach Four Square on Sunday. The intruder smashed a window to get into the store. Details of what was taken were not available yesterday.
The sudden, unexplained death of an 11-year-old Far North boy at his home last week has been referred to the coroner. A police spokesman said the boy died in his sleep. There were no suspicious circumstances.