Man jailed for four years over Mandela Ave road death

Charged last year with driving under the influence, and dangerous driving which caused the death of Bertram Cummings, Michael Fraser was yesterday sentenced to four years for the causing death charge and fined for the other.

Fraser, of Lot 61 Annandale, East Coast Demerara, was sentenced in absentia by trial magistrate Fabayo Azore.

The first charge against the accused states that he, between November 4, 2016 and November 5, 2016, drove motor car PSS 8813, in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Cummings. The accident occurred on Mandela Avenue.

He was also accused of driving under the influence, with his breath alcohol level being .161%, thus, exceeding the prescribed limit.

The trial was conducted in the defendant’s absence, who after being granted $250, 000 bail, never returned to court.

Based on the evidence presented by the prosecutor, through the various witnesses, Magistrate Azore found the accused guilty of both charges.

He was then sentenced to four years for the causing death charge, and fined $7,500 or a default sentence of seven days in jail for driving under the influence.

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