Yesterday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan sentenced Jamal Lowe to prison after she found sufficient evidence to convict him of the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.
Jamal Lowe, 32, a minibus driver, of 1433 Farm, East Bank Demerara, was placed on bail of $600,000 after he was charged on August 10, last, for causing the death of 43-year-old Franklyn Dover.
According to reports on August 8 last, Lowe the driver of minibus BVV 2848 was proceeding south along the Covent Garden Public Road, when Dover reportedly ran across the road and collided with the front right side of the bus.
As a result of the impact, Dover was flung some 21meters away. He was rushed to the East Demerara Regional Hospital in an unconscious state. He was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.
As an outcome of the evidence provided by the prosecution the court found that Lowe would have driven the minibus in a manner dangerous to other users of the road.
Before sentence was passed Lowe’s lawyer pleaded that his client is married with two children. He further stated that this matter is Lowe’s first conviction and first time appearing before the court. He begged that the court be as lenient as possible in handing out the sentence.
But, based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offence and the fact that a life was lost, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan sentenced Lowe to two years imprisonment for the offence.
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