‘He deserves jail’

HONOUR: Clare White wants the court to honour her son Joshua Martin (above), who was killed in a car crash near Pakuranga College.Times photo Wayne Martin

A local man has admitted a charge of careless driving causing the death of popular teenager Joshua Martin.

A grieving mum believes the man who admitted careless driving which caused the death of her son should be jailed.

Clare White was at the Manukau District Court on Thursday when 46-year-old Pakuranga man Josef Kadlcik pleaded guilty to the charge relating to the crash near Pakuranga College which claimed the life of her son Joshua Martin on October 15.
The Year 13 Pakuranga College student was on his motorbike heading to KFC to collect his pay cheque when the accident occurred.
Ms White’s attitude has changed somewhat. A month ago she told the Times: “It must be awful for him. I feel for his family. His son went to the same school as Josh. It’s a terrible thing to happen to anyone.”
However Ms White seems now resigned to the fact the punishment may not be severe enough now that the driver has admitted his guilt and so is unlikely to be handed down a custodial sentence.
“I wanted the court to honour Joshua’s life. I was disappointed he won’t get a prison sentence. What’s Joshua’s life worth,” she said.
“It just doesn’t seem fair…(it’s) a slap with a wet bus ticket.”
Kadlcik is to be sentenced on June 24. Ms White will read her victim impact at that hearing.