Businessman charged for City Hall employee’s death; granted $1.5M bail

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Sanjay Persaud
Sanjay Persaud

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Owner of Sanjay’s Jewellery World, 43 – year – old Sanjay Persaud was today (Friday September 12), charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Leon Hunte, 55 years, of Stone Avenue, Blygezight was struck and killed by a sports car, driven by the businessman, at Lamaha Street, Georgetown in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Persaud appeared in the Georgetown Magistrate Court before Magistrate Judy Latchman where he was placed on $1.5M bail.

He is expected to return to Court on October 03, 2014.

The Scene of the accident moments after
The Scene of the accident moments after

Persaud was up to noon yesterday not subjected to a breathalyzer test by traffic ranks; almost 12 hours after Hunt was killed. According to several eyewitnesses, the businessman appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

Persaud had been locked in a private room at the private hospital; making it impossible for police to have access to him, police sources related. It is not clear if a breathalyzer test was ever administered on Persaud.

The accident occurred shortly after Persaud left a popular business place where he had stopped to purchase a meal. According to Persaud, before stopping to purchase the meal he had earlier left a wake house.

Reports are that the man sped off from the place he purchased the meal and turned a nearby corner where he collided with Hunt who was at the time riding his peddle cycle. Persaud claimed Hunt was riding up a one way.

Hunte, according to relatives, is mute and works at City Hall. At the time of his death he was on his vacation leave.

 

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