Oct 16, 2012 News Comments Off on Plaisance man charged for death of 12-year-old boy
By Rehanna Ramsay
A 35-year-old father of two has been charged with causing the death of a 12-year-old pedal cyclist as a result of dangerous driving.
Roderick Tappin of Lot 89 Sparendaam, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on Friday October 12, at Joseph Pollydore Street, Lodge, he drove a motor lorry in a manner dangerous to the public and caused the death of Junior Cameron, who was 12 years old.
The case was called before Chief Magistrate (Ag) Priya Sewnarine- Beharry, yesterday, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
However, according to police facts Tappin was driving motor lorry GPP 6830 at an accelerated rate proceeding east along Joseph Pollydore Street when he came directly into Cameron’s path. The child was attempting to cross a junction.
Tappin reportedly lost control of the “speeding” vehicle and collided with the pedal cyclist who was later pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Further reports revealed that the defendant had breached the conditions of his insurance and was not licensed to drive a lorry at the time of the accident.
He has already pleaded guilty to the breaches of conditions.
Attorneys- at- Law Paul Fung- A-Fat and George Thomas provided legal representation for the defendant. In a request for bail, Fung-A-Fat refuted police claims that his client was speeding and stated that it was the cyclist rather; who came into the path of the truck.
The lawyer also affirmed that his client has no previous antecedents with the law, poses no risk of flight and is prepared to lodge his passport if he’s granted bail.
Prosecutor Wynette Hubbard did not contest the lawyer’s request and as a result Tappin‘s bail was set at $300,000. Bail is on condition that the defendant lodges his travel document and reports to the Brickdam Police Station once weekly.
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