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Taranaki man accused of driving in a dangerous manner

After nine month’s home detention, one of the men convicted of killing a Hawera grandmother in 2014 is facing unrelated charges for dangerous behaviour on the roads.

On Tuesday, Samuel Lance Hawkins, 20, appeared in the Hawera District Court, where he faces two charges of dangerous driving.

In April 2016 Hawkins, along with two others, was sentenced for the manslaughter of Christine Anne Fairweather.  

The 57-year-old was killed after being hit by a car after she had gotten out of her own vehicle to remove metal barriers that had been deliberately placed in the middle of the road by the trio.

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Hawkins was sentenced to nine months’ home detention and ordered to complete 100 hours of community work for his role in the crime. 

Court documents show Hawkins is alleged to have been driving in a dangerous manner on Hawera’s High Street on April 7.

Police allege he was driving at speeds between 70-80 kilometres per hour before he lost control of his car at an intersection, just narrowly missing another vehicle.

He also faces a charge of causing a sustained loss of traction with his car on High St on April 15.

During a brief appearance in the Hawera District Court on Tuesday, Hawkins did not enter a plea to either charge.

He has applied for legal aid and was remanded on bail to reappear in court on May 16.