Prominent lawyer’s case committed to Supreme Court

A prominent Vanuatu lawyer is set to stand trial for plea on the allegation that he killed Christian Lacoste, a biker in North Efate last year.

Lawyer Nigel Morrison is facing one count of causing death by reckless driving.

A member of the Vanuatu Pirates Hot Rod and Motorcycle Club, the late Lacoste was riding with members of the Club during their weekly Sunday round Island rides when his bike collided with a vehicle driven by Mr Morrison at North Efate.

Police were informed of the fatal collision after Mr Morrison — the only witness to voluntarily provide information — contacted them.

The case has been committed to the Supreme Court this week in a preliminary inquiry hearing held behind closed doors at the Magistrates chambers.

The late Lacoste’s grieving mother was sitting outside the Magistrates Court without knowing the case had already been dealt with in chambers.

She was later informed the case had been adjourned so she left with other members of the Lacoste family.

Mr Morrison has told the court that he won’t be available on the next plea date due to a commitment overseas, but he will take his plea on the next plea date in June.

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