Stoned learner driver who killed motorist is jailed

By April 1, 2017 Recent News

NZ Herald 31 March 2017
Family First Comment: When they try and tell you that cannabis is just a mellow substance that never harmed or killed anyone, remind them of this tragedy – just one of many.

A learner driver under the influence of cannabis who killed a car enthusiast, father and grandfather asked to be sent to jail this afternoon.

And Judge Kevin Phillips obliged.

But he made it clear to the victim Stuart Ernest Windle’s family that his hands were tied by the charges the police laid – in this case careless driving causing death and five of causing injury.

Warrick Delaney Taylor (23) was sentenced to five months imprisonment at the Dunedin District Court this afternoon.

Judge Phillips told the family three months was the maximum he could impose on each charge.

Taylor had smoked cannabis before and while driving his friend from Oamaru to Dunedin.

He was a learner driver in an unlicensed and unregistered vehicle and was making the return leg when tragedy struck.

“A tragedy you manufactured,” the judge said.
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