Haroon Essack, the taxi driver who had been arraigned on charges of causing the death of a British citizen almost two years ago, has been freed on a no-case submission.
The no-case submission was presented by Attorney-at-law Sonia Parag at the Mahaica Magistrate‘s Court. The lawyer had essentially told the court that evidence against her client amounts to no case against him.
Yesterday, Magistrate Wanda Fortune upheld the no case submission. Essack, 66, had faced a trial for causing the death of a 58-year-old female British citizen, Bibi Haroon O’ Donovan.
O’Donovan was killed and her daughter injured while on their way to the airport, when the vehicle in which they were travelling, crashed into a parked truck on the Chelsea Public Road, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, around 05:15 hours on August 17, 2016.
According to police reports, the motorcar HC 6753 was proceeding west along the Chelsea Public Road, at a fast rate, when the driver lost control and crashed into the rear of a stationary lorry, on the opposite side of the road.
Essack was the driver of the taxi, which was transporting the mother and daughter to the airport.
O’Donovan, whose local address was given as Lot 15 Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice, was pronounced dead on arrival at Mahaicony Public Hospital.
Her daughter, 23-year-old Scheneza Lewis, also a British Citizen, sustained fractures of the neck, jawbone and ribs. Lewis was referred to the GPHC, in an unconscious state but survived the accident. O’Donovan and her daughter migrated to England more than 20 years ago.
At the time of the accident, they were returning to their home, having spent three weeks in Guyana.
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