September 30, 2016

Minibus driver slapped with causing death charge

A minibus driver was granted $800,000 bail on Tuesday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan slapped with a causing death by dangerous driving charge.

Sherwin Hopkinson pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on March 5, 2016, at Aubrey Barker Public Road, he drove minibus BBB 1302 in a manner dangerous to the public thus causing the death of William Trim.

The prosecution is alleging that on the day in question, 30-year-old Hopkinson, of Lot 78 North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was attempting to overtake several vehicles when he lost control and collided with a motor car.

The impact of the collision caused the motor car to move some distance away from the point of impact and Trim to be thrown from the vehicle. He was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to a city hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones had no objections to bail, but requested that bail be set in a substantial amount.

Magistrate McLennan granted bail and ordered that the defendant’s licence be suspended until the completion of trial.

The matter will continue on March 30.

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