Next step in case of man accused of killing cyclist, driving off
THE man accused of a fatal hit-and-run near Mullumbimby will face trial next year.
Stuart Charles Newman, 51, is accused of fatally striking 22-year-old cyclist Tim Watkins at Wilsons Creek Rd in the early hours of June 23 last year.
He is accused of fleeing the scene without calling for help in his Mitsubishi Delica.
Mr Watkins died at the scene from traumatic injuries.
Police will allege his body was found 47 metres from where he was struck by Newman’s vehicle.
Newman, who allegedly fled the scene and moved from Wilsons Creek to his mother’s Bellingen property, handed himself into police at Coffs Harbour 10 weeks after Mr Watkins died.
He appeared via video link from Coffs Harbour on Monday in Lismore District Court where he was formally arraigned.
Newman pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death while driving in a manner dangerous.
However, he did plead guilty to one count of failing to stop and assist after his vehicle caused death upon impact.
The court heard Newman would not dispute he struck Mr Watkins, but whether he was driving in a dangerous manner at the time of the incident.
Newman, who remains on bail, will go to trial on April 5 and is expected to last for five days, the court heard.
Judge Jeffery McLennan told Newman he should consider attending the next court mention during the super call-over in Lismore District Court on December 2 in person.