Attorney at law, Sase Gunraj, who is representing causing death by dangerous driving accused, Faroud Mohamed, told the court yesterday that his client is hospitalised and thus he could not appear in court, for the charge to be read to him.
The reading of the charge was delayed on Friday by Acting Chief Magistrate, Melissa Robertson, after the lawyer made an application for the charge to “held down” because of his client’s medical condition.
Yesterday when Gunraj reappeared in court, this time before Magistrate Priya Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, he said that Mohamed is now a patient at Woodlands Hospital.
The lawyer explained that Mohamed was granted station bail and had to be taken to the hospital because he had taken a turn for the worse. The lawyer also produced a document stating that Mohamed was hospitalised.
However, although he provided the court with the documentation, the magistrate said that the letter did not state if Mohamed was incapacitated.
Gunraj said that he would feverishly try to get a letter from the doctor which would give the court a full detail of his client’s condition.
Police Prosecutor Denise Griffith said that she does not have an objection to what the lawyer was saying.
According to the prosecutor, Mohamed was treated and sent away from the Diamond Diagnostic Centre. The prosecutor also requested a doctor’s letter from the lawyer.
Gunraj reassured the court that a medical would be produced and he asked for the matter to be adjourned for today.
Just hours after being involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident that claimed the lives of his three friends, Faroud Mohamed, was brought to court to answer the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
However, the charge was not read since his lawyer had made an application seeking to have the matter held down, because his client was lapsing in and out of consciousness.
Investigations are still ongoing into the fatal accident which occurred around 01:15h hrs on Friday on the Providence Public Road, East Bank Demerara.
The accident claimed that lives of Richard Chinian, 23, of Lot 55 First Street Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara; Asheeki Asgar Ally, 19, of Lot 54, First Street Covent Gardens; and James Sookdeo, 23 of Lot 50 Covent Garden.
Farood Mohamed, the driver of the vehicle, sustained a broken left leg and a number of lacerations about the body.
Investigations revealed that the three men were in a car proceeding along the roadway when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the concrete base of a light pole.
The relatives of Mohamed and the father of Richard Chinian now believe that he was not the driver of the vehicle.
His mother, Lynette Khan, said she was informed by the mother of one of the dead youths that Richard Chinian was driving.
“He (Mohamed) say he was not driving; that he was behind the driver.”
Mr. Chinian, believes that Mohamed was sitting behind the driver when the crash occurred.
Mr. Chinian noted that on impact, the entire engine had shifted into the front seats, and would have crushed the driver and front seat passenger.
According to Chinian, Asheeki Ally, whom he believes was driving, suffered massive internal injuries. Mohamed, whom he believes was sitting behind the driver, only suffered a broken ankle and an injury to his left side.
A Providence resident who was one of the first to reach the victims said he is unsure who was driving because of the chaos at the scene. “The car was smoking; the radiator was burst and we say let us get them out before the car catch fire.”
He recalled that the victims were motionless and all appeared to be dead.
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