September 30, 2016

Young Attorney charged, media barred from covering case

Causing death by dangerous driving

Attorney-at-Law Keisha Chase was on Thursday slapped with a causing death by dangerous driving charge when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
It is alleged that Chase caused the death of Julian Leitch of Lama Avenue, Bel Air Park on November 10, 2015 at Duncan Street, Campbellville.
The prosecution’s facts presented by Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones stated that on the day in question, Leitch was attempting to cross Duncan Street when he was struck down by motor car PLL 1881, which was being driven by Chase. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Following investigations, the file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice and on March 1, 2016, the Police were advised to institute charges.
After the charge was read, Chase was granted bail in the sum of $250,000. The case will continue on March 30.
In what appeared to be a strange move on Thursday, reporters were barred from the courtroom by Police Officers when the matter was called. The Officers claimed that they were “instructed” not to allow Journalists into the courtroom.
Normally, persons who are charged are required to wait downstairs in Police custody until bail is posted, but this did not happen in the case of Chase.
She was allowed to wait in the courtroom until her bail was posted by her lawyer.
She exited the courtroom and compound via the Brickdam gate and boarded a waiting car. She hid herself from the media with a blue umbrella.

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