Key witness in faeces-throwing case killed in accident …driver arrested

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The main witness in the faeces-throwing case involving popular columnist Freddie Kissoon was in the wee hours of Friday morning killed in an accident at Line Top, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara. Dead is Osmond Griffith, 40, of D’Urban Backlands, Georgetown.

Reports are that the now dead man exited a car to urinate when the driver of another car, bearing registration HC 4399, lost control and slammed into the parked car, after which it struck Griffith who was reportedly flung some distance and landed on the roadway.

Dead: Osmond Griffith
Dead: Osmond Griffith

He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

When contacted Traffic Chief, Dion Moore, said that while initial reports had suggested that the man might have lost his life as a result of an accident, they are conducting additional investigations.

Griffith was set to give evidence in the ongoing case before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Kwame McCoy, Jason Abdulla and Shawn Hinds were all charged for assaulting the columnist.

Fidela Duncan, wife of the dead man, said that her husband left home Thursday afternoon at about 16:30h to conduct business with some friends. She noted that afterwards he went for his usual lime at Plaisance, ECD.

According to the grieving widow, she was at home when she received a call informing her that Griffith was involved in an accident and that he was rushed to the hospital. She added that based on reports, he suffered a broken neck and other injuries.

Moreover, she was not aware that her husband had to testify in the Freddie Kissoon case until she was asked about it.

Meanwhile, the Police have arrested the driver of the car responsible for the man’s death and he is assisting with investigations.

 

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