Monday, May 18, 2009

Student Remains In Custody In Road Rage Case

The Herald
1:58PM Monday Apr 27, 2009

Auckland Unitec student Bio O'Brien, accused of assaulting an elderly man who later died, will spend another four weeks behind bars.

O'Brien, 27, from the central Pacific island group of Tuvalu, appeared in Auckland District Court today, charged with assaulting Jasmatbhai Patel, 78, on Carrington Road, Mount Albert, in Auckland on April 8. It was an apparent case of road rage.

Mr Patel, of Te Atatu, later died in hospital.

Lawyer David Niven did not seek bail for O'Brien this morning.

He said he should know in four weeks time what other charges O'Brien will face.

Judge Allison Sinclair remanded O'Brien in custody until May 25 when he will appear at a pre-depositions hearing.