Tele/ The Newcastle News: Trial date estimated later this year for father of ex-police minister

The father of ex-police minister Troy Grant will head to trial later this year, accused of hitting his friend with his car while drunk, in the Hunter region last year.

Police allege Kenneth Wayne Grant, 71, fatally hit Sydney scientist Tony Greenfield with his Mazda ute, after a party both men had attended, on the night of November 30 at Bolwarra, just outside Maitland.

Police responding to the incident that night, allegedly saw Grant snr – a retired police officer – travelling in the opposite direction at nearby Lorn.

Highway patrol officers allegedly tried to stop the vehicle, but Grant snr led them on a short, low-speed pursuit which ended when the car mounted the footpath.

Tony Greenfield was killed in an alleged hit-and-run crash by Grant in Maitland in November last year. Credit: Facebook

Court documents said he announced to officers his son was an “ex-police minister” at the time of his arrest.

Police allege DNA from Mr Greenfield was found on Grant snr’s ute, and another person witnessed the lead-up to the collision.

On bail, Grant snr appeared at Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday where he was committed for trial in the district court.

He’s set to be arraigned in February on charges of dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous, police pursuit and fail to stop and assist after his vehicle caused death.

Charges including mid-range drink driving, negligent driving and fail to stop and assist will be used as back-up offences.

While a charge of dangerous driving occasioning death – drive under the influence has been dismissed.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) estimated the trial is likely to go ahead around November.

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