Bereaved husband says boat trial was unfair

  • Suspended sentence: Andrew Lake was spared jail for his role in boat crash (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Suspended sentence: Andrew Lake was spared jail for his role in boat crash (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A man whose wife died in a boat crash in Hamilton Harbour said yesterday there was “no justice” in the trial of the man responsible for her death.

Andrew Lake, 27, was found not guilty of manslaughter by a majority decision last Friday after a Supreme Court trial lasting two weeks.

Lake, of Southampton, was given an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, on Monday, for causing the death of Mary McKee by reckless driving.

However, Mrs McKee’s husband Arthur, who suffered a fractured skull in the crash, told New Zealand news outlet Stuff that the trial had given him no closure.

He said: “It’s not a fair outcome. There was no justice involved and I’m pretty disillusioned with the process.

“It’s not closure. It’s worse than closure. It has opened up wounds.”

Mr McKee added he had “serious concerns” about how the trial was conducted.

He added: “I’m meeting my solicitor next week to decide what my course will be from here.”

Mr McKee told Stuff that he was not likely to return to the island in the wake of the trial.

He said: “I spent last weekend just having a look around.

“It’s a beautiful island with kind people, but I very much doubt if I will ever return there unless there is a retrial or anything else happens.

Mr and Ms McKee came to Bermuda on June 1 last year to watch the America’s Cup.

Their semi-rigid inflatable was hit by a powerboat driven by Lake that night as they were shuttled from Hamilton Harbour to the boat they were staying on.

Lake told police that he “might have been going too fast”, but that he was unable to see the other boat in the dark because it had no navigation lights.

The Supreme Court trial heard that Lake helped other boats search for the injured after the crash and also told police about his involvement at the earliest opportunity.

It is The Royal Gazette’s policy not to allow comments on stories regarding court cases. As we are legally liable for any slanderous or defamatory comments made on our website, this move is for our protection as well as that of our readers.

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