A 25-year-old man who was charged last year with causing the death of his common-law wife in a motorcycle accident was found guilty and sentenced to two years in jail today by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.
The young man, Laurent McGarrell, appeared shocked by the verdict and sentence.
The accident occurred on the the 23rd July, 2017 on the Providence Public Road, while the couple was heading home.
McGarrel was riding the motorcycle at a fast rate with his reputed wife as pillion rider, when he lost control of the bike when it encountered a blowout of one of its tyres.
The woman, Gaitri Sahadeo, was pitched onto the roadway and died on the spot.
In addition to the causing death charge, the young man was also charged separately for breaching six other traffic offences, including operating the motorcycle under the influence of alcohol, riding without helmet, not being the holder of a drivers’s license, failing to have the pillion rider with a helmet, taking the motorcycle without the consent of the owner and not having a third party insurance.
He had been found guilty of the traffic offenses and was fined.
During his first appearance last year, the youth broke down in tears as he said he is not in the right frame of mind.
A psychiatric evaluation later found that he was fit to stand trial.