Damage to sports fields denied

September 19, 2017 | By More

A St Albans man denies damaging a soccer field and training areas by driving a car over them at Burnside Park.

The damage happened on August 4, causing ruts and grooves that were expected to put one field out of action for the last three weekends of the season.

It appeared a car had done donuts on the grass, on an area used by the FC Twenty 11 football club.

Thomas Liam Carruth, a 20-year-old steel worker, was listed for an appearance at the Christchurch District Court today, but was granted a registrar’s remand and did not need to appear before a judge in court.

Carruth denies charges of recklessly damaging the fields, which belong to the Burnside Cricket Club, driving with an excess breath-alcohol level, and “causing a sustained loss of traction” – sliding or drifting a vehicle.

The registrar remanded him to a case review hearing on November 27.

Police said soon after the incident that two men had been charged.

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