Sentencing of the driver of the car that killed prominent wool grower Trevor Picker in a multi-vehicle car crash near Binda in 2019 was adjourned due to his non-appearance in court today.
Blake Robert Meers, 26, of Crookwell, was represented by Key Chambers' barrister Jason Moffett at Goulburn District Court on March 25.
Mr Moffett said the defendant was not present because he was not informed of the court date.
"It's entirely unacceptable but that's the explanation," he said.
He said Meers was currently "not well" in Chippendale and was awaiting COVID-19 testing at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Judge Mark Williams said "full-time custody [was] inevitable" for Meers.
The sentencing of the case was initially adjourned in February 2021 to allow the defence to obtain medical reports in regards to a possible head injury.
Mr Moffett said 156 pages of notes from Canberra Hospital had proven there was "no clinical evidence" Meers had suffered a brain injury that could have led to the crash.
He said an additional expert report had revealed the "small amount" of cannabis found in Meers' system had "no causality in this collision".
"Drugs are not an issue in this case," he said.
The case was adjourned to March 30 at Goulburn District Court.
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