Mar 07, 2013 News
A 20-year old vendor from Enmore, East Coast Demerara was yesterday placed on a total of $950,000 bail by Magistrate Zamilla Alli when he appeared before her at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court on three separate traffic charges.
Mahase Persaud was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and another charge of dangerous driving.
The charges stem from a horrific accident on the Nabaclis public road last Sunday night which resulted in the death of pedal cyclist Patrick Lester, called ‘Palace’.
Persaud was not required to plead to the causing death by dangerous driving charge for which he was granted bail in the sum of $800,000.
However he pleaded not guilty to the charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and dangerous driving, and was granted his pre-trial liberty in the sum of $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.
Persaud was represented by Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos who indicated that he will challenge the validity of the breathalyser test that was performed on his client. The test allegedly found that Persaud was way above the legal limit of alcohol consumption for driving purpose.
The attorney also expressed concern that his client was held by the police since Sunday and was not allowed to make contact with his attorney. The Magistrate noted the concerns and set April 3, next, for Persaud to return to court. She also ordered that his passport be lodged with the police.
It is being alleged that on Sunday last, Persaud while driving his Toyota Alteeza, slammed into a parked Mitsubishi Lancer before striking down Patrick Lester who was standing with his bicycle some 50 yards away.
The car then continued onwards before crashing into a wooden fence 40 yards away, depositing Lester in the nearby yard.
Lester died while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital a few hours after the accident.
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