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65-year-old man appear in Court for the death of 3 members of Mailefihi Siuilikutapu fundraising group

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/04/2017

The driver of the bus that crashed on Christmas Eve near Gisborne, leaving 3 members of a Tongan band dead, has appeared in court for the first time YESTERDAY.

Talakai ‘Aholelei, 65, is charged with three counts of careless driving causing death and 27 charges of careless driving causing injury.

‘Aholelei has been granted bail and has surrendered his passport.

He will re- appear at the Manukau District Court on May 25th.

A plea to these counts are expected later on.

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