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You’re guilty as hell and should pay damages

Posted by te2ataria on February 20, 2009

Denial is a key characteristic of cowards. Pakeha would never admit to their guilt. How could they, their very existence is ridden with guilt!

sent by Tami in Wales

Adventure sports company denies guilt after Midland student drowns river-boarding

An adventure sports company and its director have pleaded not guilty to breaching New Zealand health and safety laws nine months after a 21-year-old Midlands woman died in a river-boarding tragedy.

Law graduate Emily Jordan, of Trimpley, Worcestershire, drowned when she became trapped between rocks in the Kawarau River Gorge, near Queenstown, on New Zealand’s South Island, last April. Emily had been riding on a body board on an organised trip in fast-flowing rapids when she died.

Emily, who had a first-class degree in law from the University of Swansea, was on the trip with her 23-year-old boyfriend, Jonny Armour.

Maritime New Zealand laid three charges against Black Sheep Adventures Ltd, which trades as Mad Dog River Surfing, and three charges against its director, Brad Alexander McLeod.

The charges relate to the Health and Safety Employment Act of 1992 and each one carries a maximum fine of $NZ250,000 or £90,000.

A spokeswoman for the New Zealand Ministry of Justice told the Birmingham Post that the defendants entered not guilty pleas on February 5.

She added: “The Defendants, through their counsel, have entered pleas of not guilty and the matter has now been set down for a status hearing on March 9, where a fixture date will be given.”

Emily’s father, Chris, who set up the Emily Jordan Foundation Trust with her mum Sarah, sister, Lucy, and brother, Alex, says the family is being kept in the dark by the New Zealand authorities.

He added: “We have not even been told that they have entered pleas. As a family we are not happy with the lack of information and the apparent lack of concern. We had seen articles in the New Zealand press saying the case had been adjourned again, so we wrote to the Ministry of Justice on February 11 to ask what was happening.

“The statement they sent back said ‘please be assured that we are running the case in accordance with New Zealand’s judicial requirements’.

“They did not tell us that pleas had been entered. It’s very frustrating that we are not being told anything.”

An inquest into Emily’s death was opened in West Bromwich in May but Black Country coroner Robin Balmain adjourned the hearing pending a full inquiry in New Zealand.

The Emily Jordan Foundation aims to raise money for people with learning difficulties. A Facebook page for the foundation has more than 900 members and there are a number of fund-raising events planned for this year, including a sponsored cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The cause was close to Emily’s heart, as her 23-year-old brother Alex has autism. Copyright Nick McCarthy, Birmingham Post

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NO amount of money could replace Emily Jordan, who was a precious gem to her family and friends. Let’s hope the family’s lawyers  would pitch the death compensation money at about NZ$50million.

Rumor has it that the family of another foreign tourist who was killed/died mysteriously [the public will probably never know the cause of death] received about NZ$20 million in death compensation from New Zealand govt.

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