Man jailed following drink-driving death of mate

Brent Aickin. Photo Stuff

A local man has been jailed after causing the death of his mate in a drink-driving accident.

Brent Aickin, 52, appeared before Judge John Bergseng in the Manukau District Court today to be sentenced for dangerous driving causing death. He will serve two years and 11 months in prison, Stuff has reported.

On August 9, 2019, Mark Siviter, 37, had been sitting in the passenger seat of Aickin’s car after drinking together at Tactics sports bar when they drove down Aviemore Drive in Highland Park.

The summary of facts, according to Stuff, said Aickin had 122mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood and was going 112km per hour in a 60km zone when his car fishtailed out of control and collided with a large tree.

Siviter, died at the scene of the crash while Aickin was seriously injured and received treatment at Middlemore Hospital.

Aickin’s initial explanation for the crash was that he only had “one or two beers” at the bar and that another car had hit his.

Judge Bergseng said neither of those things were correct. The courtroom for the sentencing was full of family members of both Siviter and Aickin.

Siviter’s mother, Renee Kelly, told the court her life had changed forever on the day of her “cherished son’s” death, Stuff reported.