Magistrate Haymant Ramdhani was yesterday placed on self bail after he appeared before Magistrate Nayasha Williams-Hatmin, at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of failing to submit to a breathalyzer test.
Magistrate Ramdhani was charged in connection with an incident at Cove and John, East Coast Demerara on January 29 last. The Magistrate was represented by attorneys at law Nigel Hughes and Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos.
According to the lawyers, Ramdhani is currently a sitting Magistrate. Much was needed to be said and Ramdhani was placed on self bail. He is expected to return to court on April 10.
A Victoria, East Coast Demerara motorist, Victor Adams, had parked his car on the parapet and was about to open his gate when the Magistrate’s car which was proceeding west at a fast rate slammed into it.
The car struck Adams and hurled him into a trench where he remained dazed until he was rescued by some public spirited persons and taken to the hospital.
Magistrate Ramdhani was subsequently taken to the station where the police attempted to have him undergo a breathalyzer test. The police said that he (Magistrate) refused, claiming that the instrument was not sterilized.
They later told him that he was required to remain in custody while the condition of the victim was being ascertained. However, according to the police, the Magistrate, after using a series of expletives, walked out of the station and went to retrieve his car from the scene and disappeared.
“The same people who are supposed to dispense justice are behaving in such a manner,” a rank at the Cove and John police station told this newspaper.
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