The matter involving a pub patron accused of supplying drinks to a minor in the hours before he crashed his car and died has been adjourned.
James Douglas Reid, 25, was listed for sentence at Temora Local Court on Wednesday, but an agent for the matter, solicitor Melinda Gallagher, asked for a four-week adjournment.
"Mr Reid is currently in hospital, and I have a letter from Hunter New England District," she said.
"He was in an [car] accident on the weekend. I am instructed to seek an adjournment."
Magistrate Jillian Kiely said Reid was excused but would be required to appear on the next occasion as the matter is listed for sentence.
On March 24, through his solicitor, Reid entered his plea of guilty to a person unrelated to licensed premises supplying liquor to a minor.
But Reid has not indicated a plea to two other counts of the same charge.
It is alleged that at three points between 6pm and midnight on March 20 last year, Reid supplied a minor with drinks, including two schooners of mid-strength beer and a Red Bull and vodka.
The young person, aged under 18, was the sole occupant of a car when it rolled in the Temora region on March 21, 2020.
Emergency services, including police, responded, but the young man died at the scene.
The Riverina Police District established Strike Force Twyford to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash, leading detectives to confirm the driver had attended licensed premises in Temora the previous evening.
Last November, local police arrested two people, alleging that the deceased had been given alcoholic drinks by both the licensee and a patron known to the teenager.
In an unrelated matter, Reid also entered pleas of guilty on March 24 to destroying or damaging property and an excluded person remaining in the vicinity of licensed premises.
On January 24, just after midnight, Reid was asked to leave the Tourist Hotel at Narrabri after entering the premises without the knowledge of staff and after a lockup period commenced.
Once staff became aware, they escorted him out, but before he walked away, he turned back to the lounge door and hit the glass panel on it five times, cracking it.
Staff and security members heard and when they exited the lounge bar, Reid turned around and abused them.
The incident was captured on CCTV, and Reid attended the police station in Wee Waa on February 3.
He told officers, "I left then came back, and I tried to get back in, and they sorta said no", and he stated he had been drinking and believed he was "pretty drunk".
Reid will appear before Temora Local Court on May 26.
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