One year after a driver lost his life in a Friendship Public Road accident, a 29-year-old Kuru Kururu man was this morning charged for the offence and released on $350,000 bail.

Leroy Bagenot of Kuru Kururu, Linden Soesdyke Highway, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. The father of one denied the allegation which stated that, on November 17, 2018 at Friendship Public Road, East Bank Demerara, he drove motor lorry GXX 1162 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby, causing the death of Mohamed Kalamadeen.

Bagenot’s lawyer, Maxwell McKay, in a successful bail application, told the court that his client is the sole breadwinner for his family and is not a flight risk.

Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield stated that, on the day in question at around 16:30 hrs, Bagenot was the driver of motor lorry GXX 1162 and was proceeding south along the eastern lane of the Friendship Public Road, while Kalamadeen, who was the driver of motor lorry GVV 9643, was proceeding north along the western lane in the opposite direction.

The court heard that Bagenot swerved into the western lane of the said road and collided with the right side front of Kalamadeen’s lorry.

Both men received injuries and were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre. However, Kalamadeen was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). He later died on December 10, 2018.

Following the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), the causing death by dangerous driving charge was instituted against Bagenot.

With no objections being raised by the prosecutor, the magistrate released Bagenot on $350,000 bail on the condition that he must report to the Grove Police Station every Friday until the hearing and determination of the trial.

He was instructed to make his next court appearance on April 30, 2019 for statements.


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