Magistrate Gordon Gilhuys made yet another court appearance before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson, yesterday, but before the start of deliberations, his attorney, Bernard De Santos, apologised on behalf of his client. He said that the defence had the timing “mixed up” hence the inconvenience that they had caused the courts.
Magistrate Gilhuys was required to come to court at 09:00 hrs but was seen “strolling up” the court steps around 13:15 hrs.
His lawyer added that they were eager to move on with the trial, adding that they would not be changing their plea.
The lawyer told the court that there was much confusion on the last occasion about the vehicle’s license plate numbers.
He added that the vehicle was originally registered as PLL 4282, but was changed to PLL 4582, following all the relevant procedures at the License Revenue Office.
De Santos said that in relation to the unlicensed charge, the defence has documentation verifying that Gilhuys was indeed licensed. He added that the license dates back to June 2007 and would expire in June 2010.
He said that the difficulty is that no one took the liberty of speaking with his client. After tendering all of the relevant documents, the lawyer noted that the prosecution would be suffering grave consequences in this matter.
The lawyer further added that in relation to the uninsured charge, the insurance was taken out in PLL 4282 and it had to be cancelled after the number was changed.
According to attorney DeSantos, the arresting rank, Jennifer Albert, said that she had asked the Magistrate to produce these documents. He added that the “young lady never saw Mr.Gilhuys” on Mandela Avenue.
The lawyer added that documents which are being tendered are all dated September 26, when the vehicle was firstly registered.
Police Prosecutor Denise Griffith told the court that due to the fact that the documents were only now tendered, she would need some time to verify the authenticity of the documents. She added that she would need advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The lawyer interjected and told the court that he has never heard of advice being given when “all these documents are coming from government agencies”.
He noted that it bothers him a great lot that they have to go to the DPP for advice. DeSantos posited that a prolongation of this matter would create grave consequences to the prosecution.
The Magistrate appeared earlier this month to answer six charges ranging from dangerous driving to driving without a fitness for his vehicle.
It was alleged that Gilhuys, on October 2, 2008, in Georgetown drove his vehicle in a manner which showed that he did not have due care for other road users, which resulted in a motor vehicle accident at Mandela Avenue.
He pleaded not guilty to all six charges. His attorneys had asked that the matter be dismissed seeing that they were minor traffic offences, adding that Gilhuys was a former police officer and a serving magistrate.
Gilhuys is expected to make his next court appearance on November 7.
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