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Verdict on jet-ski death due shortly

Feb 21. 2017
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By The Nation

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A PROVINCIAL court in Phuket is expected to hand down a verdict later this week after an Australian man pleaded guilty last Friday to a reckless driving charge following a jet-ski collision that killed his girlfriend.

Thomas Keating, 22, acknowledged charges following the crash off Kata Beach on February 5 that killed Emily Collie, 20.

Ms Collie, from Victoria, suffered severe neck and shoulder injuries and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Earlier, Keating issued a statement to express his “unbearable sorrow” over the death of his “soulmate”, taking responsibility for Ms Collie’s death and apologising to her parents.

The pair, who had never ridden jet-skis before, were on the last day of a holiday on the resort island.

Police said Keating admitted the incident and an autopsy had confirmed that Ms Collie had drowned. 

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