A 31-year-old Smith’s Parish man was formally charged with causing the death of his passenger in an early morning boat crash on New Year’s Day in Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Mikado Burchall was charged with the unlawful killing of Adrian Hassell, 24, with an alternative charge of causing his death by reckless and dangerous driving.

He was also charged with operating a boat while impaired.

Mr Burchall was not required to enter a plea to the indictable offence, which will go to the Supreme Court.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe released Mr Burchall on $20,000 bail. The case was adjourned until the arraignments session in October.