Skipper cleared of mate’s boat death in Mandurah
Posted On May 6, 2022
A skipper has been cleared of killing his mate in a drunken boat crash in Mandurah, Western Australia.
Today, Kyle Hartigan was cleared of his friend Daniel Lloyd’s manslaughter, two years on from the deadly morning on the Mandurah estuary.
The 27-year-old was accused of driving his dad’s boat drunk, in the dark, and at excessive speeds, before crashing into a navigation beacon in 2020.
Both men were thrown overboard.
Lloyd hit his head and died almost immediately, his mate the only surviving witness.
Hartigan insisted it was the other man behind the wheel, while prosecutors argued 35-year-old Lloyd was never driving that night and didn’t even have a skipper’s ticket.
Hartigan wept in the dock when he heard the words “not guilty”, free to go and put a dark chapter behind him.
But for the heartbroken family left behind, moving on isn’t so easy.
“We’ve just got to say rest in peace Daniel,” Lloyd’s mum Susan told media outside the court.
His sister Natalie Leisfield adding: “We know the truth of what happened that night.”