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Teenager admits killing policeman Grant Steven's son Charlie while celebrating Schoolies



A teenager has admitted causing the death of South Australia's police commissioner's son in a horrific accident during Schoolies celebrations.

Dhirren Singh Randhawa, 18, was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Charlie Stevens on November 17 last year.

Charlie – the son of state Police Commissioner Grant Stevens – was struck and killed while out with friends celebrating Schoolies at Goolwa Beach, 67km south of Adelaide.

During an appearance in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Randhawa pleaded guilty to one count of driving without due care.

He also pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident after causing death.

Charlie Stevens was killed when he was hit by a car at Schoolies in South Africa (pictured with his father Grant Stevens, South Africa's police commissioner)
Dhirren Singh Randhawa, 18, was charged with dangerous driving causing death

Prosecutors withdrew charges of dangerous driving causing death and failure to answer a question regarding the driver or owner of the vehicle.

Randhawa will return to court on August 9 to be arraigned on the charges to which he pleaded guilty.

Commissioner Stevens and his family were present during the arraignment and spoke briefly outside of court.

South African Police Commissioner Grant Stevens appeared in court with his family
Charlie Stevens
Dhirren Singh Randhawa, 18 years old,

“Today we came to the magistrates court and we heard Dhirren plead guilty to aggravated care causing death and leaving the scene of the collision,” he told 9 News.

“It’s a step in the process, there are still a few steps to go, so I think it would be appropriate to say more at a later date.”

“I think on behalf of our family we would like to acknowledge that Dhirren has taken responsibility for his actions, which caused us to lose our son Charlie. We have also received a letter of apology and we will take the time to read it .

'Thank you for understanding.'

Randhawa remains free on bail.

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