Bates' bail reviewed in court

A man who has been charged following a fatal crash on the Hume Highway at Berrima returned to court this week.

Jeffery Bates, 63, appeared at Moss Vale Courthouse on December 6, where his bail conditions were reviewed.

As a part of Mr Bates’ bail conditions originally set on October 16, he has had to report to Campbelltown police three days a week. 

Mr Bates’ solicitor Michael Doughty told the court on December 6, he relied on his pregnant daughter to drive him to and from the police station as his licence has been suspended.

“I’m prepared to vary bail noting his daughter’s [responsibilities] with a very young family,” Magistrate Rabbidge said.

Taking into account the impact this had had on Mr Bates’ daughter and her young family, Magistrate Rabbidge made the decision to reduce the number of days Mr Bates had to report to police.

“I’m prepared to vary bail noting his daughter’s [responsibilities] with a very young family,” he said.

Mr Bates will now have to report to Campbelltown police once a week.

Police will allege a northbound B-double truck crossed to the southbound lanes of the Hume Highway on October 14, and collided with a Ford Ranger utility.

Mr Bates is facing charges including dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

Mr Bates is due to return to court on February 7, 2018.