Andrew Quinten Conrad Sinclair
From the Dominion April 10th, 2002
A Wainuiomata man yesterday pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Napier woman Sylvia Enid Nixon in July last year. Her daughter Tessa Lee, cried tears of relief, tinged with frustration that it took so long.
Andrew Quinten Conrad Sinclair, unemployed, 24, alos admitted dangerous driving causing injury on July 19th last year. Sinclair was driving a Holden Commodore, which he had stolen from Ekatahuna that day, when he smashed into Mrs Nixon's car at the intersection of Kennedy Road and the Napier/Hastings expressway.She died later in hospital. She was 61. Sinclair also pleaded guilty to stealing the Commodore and to four burglaries in Ekatahuna, Matamau, Takapau and Lower Hutt on July 8 and 19, when he appeared before Justice Gendall in the High Court at Gisborne.
He was remanded in custody for a pre-sentence report and sentence on May 3rd. The change from earlier pleas of not guilty left Mrs Lee with mixed emotions. She said today she had followed the case intently for ten months, and had been left exhausted by the physical and emotional strain it had put on her and the rest of the family. "I'm feeling quite numb. It's been "not guilty, not guilty" all the way and now this. I had been preparing myself for the trial."
She said she sat in the court "in tears" as the guilty plea was made, and while it provided some relief it could not ease the pain of knowing nothing would ever bring her mother back. "Our lives have been turned upside down.... he's got no idea what he has done." She said she was angry that Sinclair had made no effort to offer an apology to the family for what he had done.
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Manslaughter of a Napier woman in July 2001
Was driving a stolen car at high speed after committing a string of burglaries
Sentenced to nine years in May 2002
Paroled after his section 107 review was withdrawn, went missing April 2009
His sentence expiry date is September 2010
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