Significant development in case of newlywed bride tragically killed after golf buggy driven by her husband rolled during their honeymoon
A trial date has been set for the groom charged with driving without due care after his wife died in a Whitsunday golf cart crash.
Robbie Awad, also known as Robbie Morgan, faces four charges over the crash that killed his 29-year-old wife Marina Morgan on their lavish honeymoon.
The police claim Mr. Awad (30) attempted a dangerous U-turn on the corner of Coral Sea Ave and Whitsunday Boulevard on June 20, 2022, causing the buggy to roll.
Mrs Morgan was not wearing a seat belt and fell from the vehicle onto the road. She died despite the efforts of several bystanders at the scene.
The trial is scheduled for July 5 and 6 following a series of negotiations between Mr Morgan’s defense lawyers and the prosecution this week.
It will resume on July 11 and 12 if it cannot be completed in two days.
Robbie Awad (pictured left) faces four charges over the June 20, 2022 gold buggy crash that killed his 29-year-old wife Marina Morgan (pictured right).
During a hearing in the Proserpine Magistrates Court, Magistrate Michelle Howard urged the two parties to reach an agreement on a trial date.
After some time left on when witnesses for the defense and prosecution could appear, the date was finally scheduled for July 2024.
Mr Awad and Mrs Morgan celebrated their honeymoon Hamilton Island after their big church wedding Sydney on June 11.
Bystanders, including an off-duty firefighter, a doctor and dentist tried to save Mrs Morgan at the scene for 35 minutes but were unsuccessful.
A helicopter called to take her to Townsville Hospital was stopped after the seriousness of her injuries was realised.
Mr Awad’s case was first mentioned in the Proserpine Magistrates Court in December 2022 and he was granted bail, the Courier mail reported.
He has pleaded not guilty to causing his wife’s death and has been seeking new representation since last year.
The police claim Mr. Awad (30) attempted a dangerous U-turn while the couple were on the buggy
His new lawyer was lectured by Acting Magistrate Stephen Byrne on Monday after he requested to appear in court by phone but did not answer the phone.
“We’ve called you twice and both times it’s been unsuccessful,” Mr Byrne said.
“If you want the convenience of appearing by phone you or someone else has to answer your phone otherwise it’s just not going to happen and you’ll have to hire agents.”
The hearing was delayed another month after Mr Awad’s team asked for more time to review a new report from a traffic engineer they received on Sunday.