Five years jail for man found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving

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Thirty – year – old Kevin Hope was sentenced to five years imprisonment today for causing death by dangerous driving. Hope of 12 Lamaha Springs Georgetown appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman.

The facts of the case states that  on November 15, 2011 at Aubrey Barker road Georgetown he drove minibus BMM 9334 in a dangerous manner and caused the death of 40 – year – old Patrice Welcome of Cane View South Ruimveldt Georgetown.

The Prosecutor told the court that on the day of the incident, the defendant drove his minibus East along the northern side of the Aubrey Barker road and overtook several vehicles at a fast rate.

In doing so, he collided with a motor cycle CJ 197 which was proceeding West along the southern side of the road. As a result of the collision, the cyclist sustained injuries about his body and subsequently died.

When Hope appeared in court today for sentencing the Magistrate asked him if he had anything to say about the matter and he responded in the negative. The Magistrate said she took into consideration the issue of road safety, the prevalence and seriousness of the offence and the fact that a life was lost. She then sentenced him to five years in prison. [Royan Abrams]

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