Minibus driver remanded for causing death
The minibus driver who accused of causing the death of an 81-year-old woman whom he reportedly struck down with his minibus in the vicinity of the Linden bus park was yesterday remanded by Acting Chief Magistrate, Melissa Robertson.
Terence Ramjohn, 44, of 37 Friendship, East Bank Demerara appeared to answer the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
The police are alleging that on January 18, last at Hadfield Street, Stabroek he caused the death of Victorine Barron by driving minibus BMM 2018 in a manner dangerous to the public. He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
His lawyer applied for bail and stated that his client in the congested area of the bus park turned onto Hadfield Street when the now deceased Barron walked into the path of his bus.
He added that Ramjohn took Barron to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he identified himself and provided the necessary information about himself. He added that his client has since been fully co-operating with the police.
Police prosecutor Stephen Telford objected to bail and said that the accused indeed took Barron to the hospital but left after dropping her. He added the accused was later arrested on the East Bank when he was stopped by police at a road block.
Telford stated that it is likely that if the defendant is granted bail he may flee the jurisdiction through the porous borders of the country since he attempted to get away after the accident.
His lawyer intervened and stated that it was only possible for the police to stop him on the East Bank because they were informed of where he resides.
He questioned, “Why the police didn’t set up road block exercise on the East Coast”, which he declared as clear that they had information on his client.
The accused is expected to return to court on January 27.