Boat Driver Not Guilty Of Causing Death

Leah Fineran   |  July 1st, 2010 | GOLD COAST NEWS
A BOAT driver whose girlfriend fell overboard and was hacked to death by a propeller on the Gold Coast has been fined $2000 after being found guilty of unsafe operation of a ship but not guilty of causing her death.

Russell Dudley Smith, 58, hung his head as the Southport District Court jury returned their verdict after just two hours of deliberation.

During the six day trial the jury was told Ms Crellin died on December 14, 2006 after falling from the back of Mr Smith’s boat during a Christmas party cruise in the Coomera River. Continue reading Boat Driver Not Guilty Of Causing Death