[www.inewsguyana.com] – Twenty – Six – year – old Sampson Pereira, a Lands Surveyor, was today remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry for the offences of causing death by dangerous driving and driving a vehicle without having the requisite tint permit.
Pereira of Mocha Village, East Bank Demerara, pleaded not guilty to both charges, which alleged that on November 10 at Providence Public Road, East Bank Demerara, he drove motor vehicle PJJ 7632 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Jevon Bellamy.
He is also accused of driving a tinted vehicle without the relevant tint permit. The father of one was also slapped with two other charges and pleaded guilty to both.
In relation to these charges, the Court heard that on the same day, after being involved in an accident, he failed to stop the vehicle he was driving and failed to rendered assistance or take the injured person to a medical practitioner.
For these two offences, Pereira was fined $30,000 on each charge with an alternative of three months imprisonment. His Lawyer, Adrian Thompson informed the Court that he [Pereira] is employed with the Guyana Lands Surveying Commission since 2008 with no priors.
The Prosecution noted that on the day in question, the defendant was driving the vehicle at a fast rate in the vicinity of Guyana National Stadium when he crashed into Bellamy who was waiting to cross the road.
The Court heard that Pereira dragged Bellamy some 115 feet before coming to a stop and subsequently fled the accident scene. Bellamy was picked up in an unconscious state by public spirited citizens and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police acting on information went to the defendant’s home where he was informed of the offence and arrested. Bail was denied and the matter was transferred before Magistrate Fabayo Azore for November 28.