Apr 03, 2017 News
The mother of Wavel Sabsook, the disc jockey (DJ), who was killed when the car he was travelling in crashed and burst into flames at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, is pleading with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to reopen the case. Bibi Sabsook’s pleas come four months after Shameer Mohamed, her son’s friend, was freed on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving by a City Magistrate.
According t o reports, Wavel Sabsook formerly of Lot 196 Samatta Point Grove, East Bank Demerara was killed on July 24, 2016 after the car (PVV 2007) in which Mohamed was driving crashed and overturned in the vicinity of Distribution Service Limited (DSL) Diamond, East Bank Demerara.
It was reported that the vehicle came to a halt after it smashed into a fence, broke a signboard and then burst into flames. Based on reports, the DJ was hurled from the vehicle and onto the opposite side of the roadway.
The DJ and his friend were reported to have been returning home from a party in Georgetown when the accident occurred. Wavel Sabsook was pronounced dead on arrival at the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital.
Mohamed, who was the only other occupant in the car, managed to escape before it exploded.
A senior police official had disclosed that a breathalyzer test performed on Mohamed revealed that his blood alcohol level was 103 microgrammes, 68 microgrammes above the prescribed limit.
A police source had told Kaiteur News that the driver had claimed that a car swerved in front of him causing him to lose control of his vehicle. The source said that Mohamed told police that because the road was wet his vehicle skidded and toppled before bursting into flamed.
However, traffic ranks who reviewed surveillance footage from cameras in close proximity to the scene observed no other car on the road at the time of the accident.
Days after the accident, Mohamed of Diamond East Bank Demerara was placed before the courts and charged for causing death by dangerous driving and driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
However, both charges were dismissed against him after the court found that there was insufficient evidence led by the prosecution to convict Mohamed.
The dead DJ’s mother told this publication that she is dissatisfied at the manner in which police prosecutors dealt with her son’s matter. Bibi Sabsook cried that life is difficult for her because of the passing of her son since she is left to take care of his only child, 5-year-old Atina Sabsook.
“He was our breadwinner,” she stressed.
The woman related that she is still baffled at the fact that the drunk driving charge was thrown out against Mohamed since investigators had informed her that they submitted test results stating that the driver was intoxicated at the time. The mother added, “The police did not investigate this matter well. Police tell me they collected CCTV footage which captured the accident but yet this footage was never produced in court. They (police) assured me that they were going to present the CCTV footage in court. After the matter (causing death by dangerous driving) was dismissed the police prosecutor told me that he was going to appeal the decision…but I ain’t hear back nothing.”
Bibi Sabsook said that two weeks after the causing death by dangerous driving matter was dismissed she visited the DPP chambers, where she filled out a form to file an appeal. But to date, the woman stated, she has not heard anything on the status of her application.
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