Retired Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Rear Admiral Gary Best, was today freed of a causing death by dangerous driving charge in the Magistrates’ Court.
Best walked out of the Magistrates’ Court a free man today after Magistrate Rhondel Weever accepted the no-case submission put forward by the Attorneys for Best.
The Magistrate ruled that the Prosecution failed to prove that Best was driving dangerously at the time of the accident and thereby caused the death of cyclist Jude Bentley.
Best was charged back in March after the February accident along the Rupert Craig highway.
While not admitting guilt, the former Head of the Military offered a public apology over the accident in a statement to the media.
The Guyana Police Force just after the accident had stated that Best was found to be above the legal limit for alcohol. However, that charge is a separate charge that is still before the Courts.
The incident had led to protests by some friends of the national cyclist who demanded justice over the accident. Bentley was on an early morning practice ride when the accident took place.