Driver in Kara Kara double fatality granted $250,000 bail

Twenty-eight-year-old Gopinauth Perreira of East La Penitence was yesterday released on $250,000 bail by Magistrate Gordon Gilhuys after being charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Perreira made his first court appearance yesterday at the Christianburg Magis-trate’s Court.

According to the charges which were read to Perreira, it is alleged that on Sunday, November 3 at Kara Kara on the Soesdyke-Linden High-way he drive motorcar HA 1232 in a dangerous manner thus causing the death of 62-year-old Claudia Prince and her daughter Kellian Torres.

On Sunday last Prince and Torres died after the car in which they were travelling toppled while going over a bridge at Kara Kara, Soesdyke-Linden Highway. Also, Torres’ 17-year-old daughter Gailla Torres and her one-year-old sister Yonla were injured in the accident. At the time Perreira was driving the car which was heading with the family to Linden.

The 28-year-old mechanic was represented by attorney-at-law Lawrence Harris. Harris in making a bail application for his client told the court that his client has a fixed place of abode, is gainfully employed and poses no flight risk to the court. However bail was objected to by Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Claire Gittens who asked the magistrate to take into consideration the recent carnage on the roads, while pointing out that speeding is one of the leading causes of road accidents.

After listening to the prosecution’s argument on why bail should not be granted, Harris brought to the court’s attention that their car had a blow-out which contributed to the accident.

This was later confirmed by a traffic rank who was questioned by the presiding magistrate.

Bail was granted in the sum of $250,000. Perreira is expected to make his next court appearance on January 16, 2008.

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