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2 convicted in deadly boat crash in Sydney Harbour

2 convicted in deadly boat crash in Sydney Harbour

Two Australian men were convicted Tuesday in connection with a 2008 boat collision in Sydney Harbour that killed six of their friends.
A jury in the New South Wales Supreme Court found skipper Matthew Reynolds guilty of six counts of manslaughter in the deaths _ including that of his girlfriend _ and co-defendant Percy Small guilty of six counts of dangerous navigation causing death.
The group took the half-cabin cruiser out for a late-night tour of the harbor after drinking at a nearby hotel. The 23-foot (seven-meter) boat was carrying 14 people, though it was licensed to hold just eight.
The jury was told that an intoxicated Reynolds handed over the boat's wheel to Small, who had consumed alcohol, marijuana and cocaine that night.
Small was at the helm when the cruiser collided with a fishing trawler at about 3 a.m. on May 1, 2008, resulting in the deaths.
"All of the passengers on that boat were affected to some extent by alcohol and or drugs," prosecutor Mark Hobart told the jury. He said Reynolds was still responsible for the safety of the passengers as the licensed skipper.
However, Reynolds' father said the skipper of the fishing trawler should have been held responsible.
"That the person who has run into another boat and killed six people is allowed to walk scot-free and a passenger on the boat that was hit has been held responsible for it is absolutely deplorable," Charlie Reynolds told reporters outside the court.
Relatives of some of the victims cheered as the jury foreman read out the guilty verdicts.
A sentencing hearing will be set later this month.


Updated : 2021-10-18 04:18 GMT+08:00