The man who drove his motor lorry in a dangerous manner causing the death of the sons of Regional Health Officer of Region 10, Dr Pansy Armstrong, last year, has now been brought before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Twenty seven year old, Ghansham Dass of 2233 Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan and denied the charge read to him.
The charge alleged that he, on October 1 2016 at Friendship Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), drove motor lorry GNN 5355 in a manner dangerous to the public causing the deaths of 23-year-old Jonnel Armstrong and his brother Phillip Armstrong of Linden.
Attorney for the accused, Paul Fung-a-Fat, argued that the accident occurred more than one year ago and that Dass was not charged after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) determined that the accident was ‘accidental’.
He also asked that bail be granted to his client as he is ill suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Prosecution Arvin Moore had no bail objections but however asked that it be set at a substantial amount.
Bail was granted in the sum of $400,000 and the accused is scheduled to make his next Court appearance on November 16 2017.
The fatal accident occurred at around 01:45hrs when the Rav4 which was headed south on the public road collided with the motor lorry.
Jonnel Armstrong was an Aeronautical Engineer and Phillip Armstrong, a medical student.