[www.inewsguyana.com] – A 22 – year – old businessman of Robb Street, Lacytown, Georgetown, was today placed on $1M bail for the Phagwah day fatal accident on the Houston Public Road, East Bank Demerara.
Brandon Rahaman made his appearance before Magistrate Judy Latchman and pleaded not guilty to the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.
It is alleged that on Monday, March 17 at Houston Public Road, he drove motor pick up GRR 4883 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Wazir Mohamed Hassan.
Representing the defendant was Attorney – at – Law, Basil Williams, who requested bail in a reasonable sum, stating that his client has been reporting every week to the Police station since the accident and does not pose a flight risk.
The lawyer informed the Court that the young man has an unblemished record and lives with his parents.
He added that the brother of the deceased and the accused are considering approaching the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for a settlement in the matter.
Police Inspector Joel Ricknauth, prosecuting, did not object to bail but asked that the defendant report to the Police and lodge his passport.
The court heard that on the day in question around 15:30 hrs the defendant was the driver of the motor pickup and was proceeding south of the East Bank carriageway and while navigating a left turn, he lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over several times.
At that time, several persons including Hassan were seated in the tray and fell out of the vehicle. Hassan was rushed to the Balwant Singh’s Hospital, where he succumbed to the injuries.
The accused will return to Court on Friday, October 31 for statements. However, November 19 was set for the commencement of trial.
He was ordered to lodge his passport with the Court and report to the officer in charge of the Traffic Department at Brickdam Police station every Monday, excluding national holidays.