Witnesses are currently testifying in a Coroner’s Inquest to determine if anyone is criminally liable for the death of Kelvaughn Niles, who was found lying dead along the roadway after an accident along Lamaha and New Garden Streets, Georgetown on December 12, 2016.
The Inquest commenced yesterday before Magistrate Annette Singh in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where Police Prosecutor Gillian Simmons called two witnesses to the stand. Among them was Police Constable Roneldo Drakes, who at the time of the accident was stationed at the Alberttown Police Station and attached to the Traffic Department.
Constable Drakes recounted that on December 12, 2016, about 02:00hrs he was on duty when he received a call about an accident at Lamaha and New Garden Streets, Georgetown. The police witness said that he proceeded to the area where he saw a male lying on the roadway.
He said that the male who was shirtless was clad in a pair of black pants. He added that the person had injuries to his head and about the body.
According to Constable Drakes, he checked the scene for eyewitnesses but no one came forward. The police witness told the court that he summoned an ambulance and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to the scene.
He added that the man was pronounced dead and he later summoned crime scene investigators to photograph the scene. Constable Drakes added that he took measurements and later called the Lyken Funeral Parlour to remove the body. The witness told the court that he went back to the scene the following day and checked for nearby CCTV cameras, but found none.
As a result, he explained that he went to the CCTV Department of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown where he reviewed footage, but found nothing of evidential value. He said that later on, one Akeem Niles and another man visited the Alberttown Police Station and told him that they heard of the accident and wanted to identify the victim.
He said that he escorted the men to the Lyken Funeral Parlour where they identified Kevin Niles as their brother and cousin respectively. He also testified to visiting the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Mortuary where he witnessed a post mortem examination being conducted on the remains of Kevin, whose cause of death was given as multiple injuries resulting from a vehicular accident.
Constable Drakes said that he witnessed the burial of Kevin which took place at the Le Repentir Cemetery.
Also testifying was Howard Henry, an EMT, attached to the Guyana Fire Service. He recounted that on December 12, 2016 he was on duty at the Alberttown Fire Station where he received a call about an accident at Lamaha and New Garden Streets, Georgetown.
Upon arrival at the location, Henry recalled seeing a male, who was shirtless and wearing a pair of long jeans, lying motionless on the ground. The witness said, “I went over to the person and did my assessment. I checked to see if there was any pulse. There was no pulse, no rise and fall of the chest.
“(His) pupils were fixed and dilated. The person had lacerations about the body and the right leg was amputated.”
The EMT told the court that he made a record of his findings which he reported to his supervisor at GPHC.
Apart from the above mentioned witnesses, Akeem Niles of 1276 ‘B’ Field Sophia; Marvin Brazil of 1650 Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara; and Police Constable Christopher Persaud of CID Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown are also listed as witnesses in the proceedings.
This Inquest is continuing.
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