A devastated husband who saw his wife die on their honeymoon after a horror golf buggy crash is now facing court after cops accused him of causing death by driving without due care.
Queensland Police initially labelled the tragedy as an accident but have since charged Robbie Awad with the offences after reports he had performed a U-turn in the buggy before it flipped over and left Marina Hanna with fatal injuries during the disaster on Hamilton Island, Australia.
The loved-up pair had enjoyed a plush ceremony in Sydney just 10 days before the cruel crash left Hanna lifeless on June 20 this year.
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Heartbroken Awad, 30, pleaded not guilty to the charge of driving without due care and attention causing death at Proserpine Magistrates Court today (Monday, December 5).
In a tribute to his late 29-year-old wife, he gushed: “My heart is broken and my world shattered with the tragic loss of the most beautiful girl in the world.
“My angel, my saint, my wife Marina Hanna. My rock, my partner, my confidant, my angel, my saint, my everything! The world will never be the same. I will love you forever and ever and ever.”
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He added in an agonising speech at her funeral on July 2: “I can’t explain the sadness in my heart. My wife was loved by so many and so many felt her. She taught kindness.”
Awad, who escaped from the tragedy unhurt, was given bail and must now stay at his home in Quakers Hill, in Sydney.
A brief of evidence was ordered to be served by January 23 whilst the case will return to court on February 6 next year.
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