Driver on 13 charges over triple fatality at Dyraaba
THE disqualified driver of a car that crashed into a parked car at Dyraaba near Casino in June is now facing 13 charges over the death of a father and his two children.
Malcolm Harris appeared in Lismore Local Court by video link from Sydney's Long Bay jail yesterday over the June 4 incident.
The court previously heard Harris was under the influence of a cocktail of drugs including methadone, diazepam and marijuana at the time of the crash.
He is facing charges including three counts of dangerous driving occasioning death, driving while disqualified, dangerous driving occasioning death, driving a vehicle with an illicit drug present in his blood and taking and driving a conveyance without the consent of the owner.
Shaun Zagar, 28 and his children Kaleb, 6, and Zara, 5, were killed while waiting for a school bus near Martins Rd and McDonalds Bridge Rd when the Magna driven by Harris crashed into their Mazda.
The court heard there had been a delay in preparing the brief of evidence in the case because several police who went to the crash scene went on stress leave following the crash and had been unable to complete statements.
As the Director of Public Prosecutions only received the brief of evidence yesterday, the prosecution asked for more time to review the brief.
Magistrate Jeff Linden expressed concern at the slow progress of the case that left Harris, who has been refused bail, behind bars.
The prosecutor said once the brief had been reviewed they would be ready to progress "as there were no complex legal issues involved".
Mr Linden adjourned Harris's matters until December at Lismore Local Court.