Brit remanded in jail over fatal bike crash

A Brit appeared in court via video link today on multiple charges involving a fatal crash with two motorcycles on 2 September 2019.

Tweed Heads Local Court heard that Graham Stephen Belcher, 52, was arrested at Brisbane International Airport at 2am the next morning as he was about to board a flight to thew UK via Hong Kong.

NSW Police allege the unlicensed driver in a rental car did not give way to two motorcycles at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Tweed Valley Way in Tumbulgum near Tweed Heads, about 3.20pm on 2 September.

Scott Rose, wife Tenniel and his children Lacey and Nash
Scott Rose, wife Tenniel and his children Lacey and Nash

Scott Rose, 39, died at the scene and his riding partner, Barry Nolan, was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital with minor injuries. He later released from hospital.

Brit charged

Belcher failed to stop and his Hyundai rental car was later found abandoned at Terranora.

The Brit was extradited from Queensland to NSW on an outstanding warrant and was also charged with:

  • dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous;
  • fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death;
  • negligent driving (occasioning death);
  • cause bodily harm by misconduct in charge of motor vehicle;
  • drive while licence cancelled;
  • not give way to vehicle (give way sign/line); and
  • driver fails/refuses to disclose his identity.

Bail was refused and he was remanded in custody until today.

The matter has now been listed for 18 December and he was again remanded in custody.

Family fundraiser

Scott Rose, wife Tenniel and his children Lacey and Nash fundraiser
Scott Rose, wife Tenniel and his children Lacey and Nash fundraiser

A fundraiser page was started to raise money for Scott’s family.

You can support the fundraiser by clicking here. So far, more than $17,000 of a $10,000 goal has been raised.

The fundraiser page was started by brother-in-law, Codie Holliday, to raise money to support Scott’s wife Tenniel and his children Lacey, 9, and Nash, 6.

“As the sole income provider for his family, Scott’s tragic death is impacting his family in so many awful ways, including financially,” Codie says on the fundraiser page. 

Scott was a maintenance technician at Movie World and Sea World.

Codie says Scott “loved riding bikes, fixing them, his kids both have bikes and I’m fairly sure the garage has a number of ongoing bike ‘projects’ always”.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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