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Home detention for tourist driver

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/06/2016

Wei Lew at Dunedin District Court on 12 April 2016.: Wei Lew at the Dunedin District Court. © RNZ / Ian Telfer Wei Lew at the Dunedin District Court. A Singapore tourist who caused the death of a motorcyclist near Oamaru last year has been sentenced to four months' home detention and 200 hours' community work, disqualified him from driving and ordered him to pay $27,000 for emotional harm.

Wei Lew, 30, earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated careless driving causing death and injuries after the crash on State Highway 1 near Waianakarua in November that killed Motueka motorcyclist Craig Chambers.

He was sentenced by Judge Kevin Phillips in the Dunedin District Court on Friday.

Emotional victim impact statements left Lew in tears in the dock.

The court heard Lew fell asleep while driving.

Lew had crossed the centre line on a bend and hit two cars and two motorbikes coming in the opposite direction.

Mr Chambers died at the scene, while Lew's partner, Hui Yun Tay, suffered a serious head injury and two people in a car were also injured.

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