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BERMUDA | Man charged over New Zealander’s boat death

Mary McKee, 62, of New Zealand, who died in a boat accident on June 1 Mary McKee, 62, of New Zealand, who died in a boat accident on June 1
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sept 6, CMC  – A 26-year-old man has been charged with killing a New Zealander, who came to the island earlier in the year with her husband to watch the America’s Cup, by driving a boat dangerously.

Andrew Lake, of Southampton parish, was charged in Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday with unlawfully killing Mary McKee, 62, of New Zealand, by driving a boat in a dangerous manner on June 1.

court rulHe was also charged with causing actual bodily harm to McKee’s husband Arthur and grievous bodily harm to Charlie Watson by driving a power craft in a dangerous manner on the same date.

The defendant was not required to enter a plea because the charges are indictable and must be heard in Supreme Court.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo released Lake on US$70,000 bail on the condition he surrenders his passport, not leave the jurisdiction without the court’s permission and report to Hamilton Police Station every Wednesday.

The case was adjourned to the December arraignments session.

McKee died from injuries sustained after she was thrown overboard in the incident in Hamilton Harbour.

At the time, the Bermuda Police Service said a local man was driving a 17-foot centre console vessel from the Front Street, Hamilton ferry terminal towards nearby White’s Island when it collided with a nine-foot inflatable carrying McKee and her husband — both keen sailors — and a 26-year-old British man visiting the island.

McKee’s 69-year-old husband and the British man, who was operating the inflatable, were both seriously injured in the collision.

McKee’s death came as Bermuda was packed with visitors attending sailing’s prestigious 35th America’s Cup. The Emirates Team New Zealand boat went on to win the cup, defeating the defenders, Oracle Team USA, in the final.

Last modified onThursday, 07 September 2017 01:25
  • Countries: Bermuda