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Friend of Kraatskow family hits back at Le Roux lawyer

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Publish Date
Thursday, 20 December 2018, 3:25p.m.

A friend of Nathan Kraatskow's family has fired back at the lawyer of the woman charged with his death.

Rouxle Le Roux was sentenced to home detention last week for killing the 15-year-old hit and run earlier this year.

Kraatskow was riding his bike when he was hit by Le Roux, who was driving over the limit.

The sentencing has proved controversial, with over 140,000 people signing a petition calling for the Crown to appeal the sentence.

However, they announced today that they won't be pursuing the case.

Adrian, who says he is friends with Nathan's parent, called Andrew Dickens to share his reaction. 

"It's their view that it's time to heal now. No one's giving any further thought to the matter."

However, he wanted to hit back at comments made by Le Roux's lawyer on Tuesday.

Belinda Sellars told Larry Williams that Le Roux was not solely to blame, pointing out that Nathan had ridden through a red light before the accident. 

Adrian says that the Kraatskow's have never denied that Nathan went through a red light, but it doesn't change what happened.

"He made a mistake, but should he have paid with his life? I don't think so." 

He says that the family's position has originally been that they won't to see two lives ruined and did not want to see Le Roux suffer. 

However, Adrian says that that changed after they learnt of Le Roux's apparent lack of remorse.

The 19-year-old came under fire for posting a photo of herself in an orange jumpsuit with the caption 'Hide your children'. 

"That's not fair on family. They were happy to accept it was an accident, until the facts started to come out. That's when the dynamic changed."

Adrian says he does not know why the witness testimonies never came up in court. 



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