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Finance analyst road rage trial under way

The Korean motorist who was allegedly run over in the incident denies doing anything wrong.

Caleb Allison
Mon, 25 Jun 2012

Forsyth Barr senior analyst Guy Hallwright - who denies causing grievous bodily alarm following a road-rage incident - is on five-day trial in Auckland district court.

Mr Hallwright was driving in Mt Eden in September 2010 when the alleged attack happened.

He has pleaded not guilty to knocking over another motorist, Sung Jin Kim, and running over his legs, breaking both of them and shattering his left ankle, which required reconstructive surgery.

Mr Kim this afternoon gave evidence through a translator.

Both men were allegedly involved in a confrontation at a set of traffic lights, which involved finger gestures being exchanged.

Mr Kim says Mr Hallwright was yelling but he couldn’t hear what he was saying.

Both vehicles drove a short distance before pulling up at the carpark of Galbraith’s pub on Mt Eden Rd.

Mr Hallwright allegedly got out of his car and approached Mr Kim’s vehicle, opening the door and arguing with him before slamming the door again.

The Crown says Mr Kim then got out of his car and approached Mr Hallwright’s vehicle, yelling and pounding on the bonnet.

Under cross-examination by Mr Hallwright’s QC, Paul Davison, Mr Kim says he was angry but he was not yelling.

“There was no yelling. I didn’t gesture with hands. I just wanted to ask him why he opened my door," he says.

Mr Kim also denies banging on Mr Hallwright’s bonnet.

He says he only touched the bonnet when he was forced onto it after being hit by the car.

The trial, before Judge Raoul Neave, is set down for five days.

Caleb Allison
Mon, 25 Jun 2012
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Finance analyst road rage trial under way