May Day fatal accident

A MINISTRY of Education driver has been charged, following investigations into the fatal accident in Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, last Saturday. The accused, Bryon Hubbard, 39, of Lot 432 Nowandam, West Bank Demerara, faced a charge of causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson on Tuesday.

The allegation against him is that, on May 1, he drove mini-bus BLL 495 in a manner dangerous to the public and killed Kevin Brian Roberts.

Police Inspector Stephen Telford, prosecuting, successfully objecting to bail, lamented that drivers seem not to be adhering to the many appeals to stop speeding.

Hubbard was then remanded to prison until May 7.

Defence Counsel Deborah Backer had, in her unsuccessful application, said the prisoner on remand has no previous convictions, is not a flight risk and will not tamper with any witnesses.

The lawyer submitted that pre-trial freedom is not a means of punishment and the purpose of setting surety is to ensure that persons return to Court.

Backer also said, after the accident, Hubbard rendered assistance immediately.

Meanwhile, in the same Court, taxi driver Orin Semple, 27, of Lot 3 Parika, East Bank Essequibo, was ordered to post $300,000 bail on a similar indictable charge.

He, too, was involved in a road fatality and the accusation he faced said, on May Day, as well, at Parika Public Road, he drove motor car HB 5752 in a manner dangerous to the public and caused the demise of Roshan Ramsho.

Backer, also representing Semple, claimed the victim was under the influence of alcohol and walked into the path of the vehicle.

Telford had also raised objection to bail in that case, citing prevalence of the offence and expressing fear that the accused may flee the jurisdiction.

The Prosecutor said, if the accused had been more cautious, Ramsho would have been alive today.

Backer maintained there was no eyewitness to what happened and Semple could have fled the scene.
The magistrate transferred the case to another Court, for today.

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