A 25-year-old, mini-bus driver will be spending the next 50 months in jail after he was found guilty today of causing the death of a pedal cyclist by dangerous driving.
The mini-bus driver, Jamal John, who had been in Court on several previous occasions for various offenses, appeared shocked and confused when the verdict and sentencing were handed down by Principal Magistrate, Judy Latchman.
During the trial, the Court learnt that back in December, John drove mini-bus with license plate number BTT 8476, in and dangerous manner, resulting in the death of 43-year-old, Desmond Grandsoult on Vlissengen Road.
The Police Prosecutor, Shawn Gonsalves, in his last statement to the Court said that the prosecution would have proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and proved that the actions of the bus driver on the day were directly responsible for the death of the cyclist. The driver was speeding at the time of the crash.
In her ruling Magistrate Latchman pointed out that all of the evidence which was presented pointed to the driver driving the mini-bus in a dangerous manner.
The Court learnt that the cyclist was riding along Vlissengen road when he was hit from behind then ran over by the speeding bus.
During the trial, the driver told the Court that it was the cyclist who had turned into his path, resulting in the collision. The Court did not believe that side of the story.
The cyclist suffered multiple injuries and passed away in the hospital while undergoing treatment.