Mahaica man charged for wife’s death in 2015 accident

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…as truck runs off Lethem Pirara Bridge

Two years after his wife was killed in a gruesome accident on a remote trail in the Lethem area (Region Nine), thirty-seven-year-old Safraz Amir of Helena Number Two Mahaica, East Coast Demerara was on Tuesday afternoon arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and charged with the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.

The charge stated that Amir on March 8, 2015 at Pirara Trail, Lethem, in the Central Rupununi District, drove motor van PRR 6731 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Vimala Balgobin.

Safraz Amir and the late Vimala Balgobin

Defense Attorney Jerome Khan related that his client is currently employed with Abdool Trading as a salesman and described the incident as the “most unfortunate accident to take place”, reportedly occurring as the couple was making their way to Lethem.

Khan, in making a bail application for his client, pointed out that Amir was charged some two years after the occurrence and had never left the jurisdiction during that period, hence making him no flight risk. He added that his client is as innocent as he pleaded and had suffered tremendously by the loss of his wife. Khan expressed his absolute confidence that the case against Amir is “weak” attesting that if the police was sure of his client’s guilt, he would have been charged within the shortest possible time (post-accident).

Prosecutor Moore made no motion to object to bail which was granted to the sum of $200,000.

The matter stands adjourned to June 6, 2017 at the Lethem Magistrate’s Court.

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