Minibus driver further remanded on causing death charge

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Jamal John, of Joseph Pollydore Street, Lodge was on Thursday further remanded to prison by Senior Magistrate Judy Latchman after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on a causing death by dangerous driving charge.

Accused: Jamal John

John, a minibus driver had denied the charge that was previously read to him.

In a bail application, John’s attorney-at–law asked that his client be released on a reasonable bail amount since he was locked up for a long period of time and there are no witnesses in the matter.

Bail was however refused since he was previously charged and fined for dangerous driving after being found guilty of the offence.

The matter was adjourned until June 15.

It was alleged that on December 18, 2017, at Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, he drove minibus, BTT 8476, in a manner dangerous to the public, causing the death of Desmond Grandsoult.

Facts presented to the court stated that on the day in question, the minibus was proceeding south along Vlissengen Road at a fast rate while the pedal cyclist (Grandsoult) was proceeding in the same direction, in front of the minibus.

Grandsoult then attempted to cross the road from east to west when the accident took place.

It was reported that the left front of the minibus collided with the rear of the pedal cycle which resulted in Grandsoult falling on the roadway, causing the minibus to run over his body. The driver then swerved into the trench.

Grandsoult was picked up in an unconscious condition and taken to the GPHC where he was admitted to the High Dependency Unit. The 42-year- old man died while receiving medical attention.

Reports stated that on the day when the accident took place, John escaped from the scene which caused the police to issue a bulletin for his arrest.

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