Kitty man charged with killing cook, 61, in hit and run

Francis Persaud

A Kitty resident was yesterday charged with causing the death of a 61-year-old cook during a hit and run in July.

Jason Dorsett, 26, of Dowding Street Kitty, was read a charge which stated that on July 30, at Craig Public Road, East Bank Demerara, he drove motorcycle CH 532 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Francis Persaud.

Dorsett, a minibus conductor, denied the charge, which was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.

Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers made no objection to bail being granted. The prosecutor did note, however, that Dorsett was also charged with other related offences.

In the traffic court, Dorsett was charged with failure to render assistance, failure to report the accident and being an unlicensed driver. He was granted him his release on bail for these offences.

Jason Dorsett

Chief Magistrate McLennan later granted him his release on $500,000 bail and ordered that he lodge his passport with the court registry and that he report to the Kitty Police Station once a week until the completion of the trial.

Additionally, Dorsett learnt that his motorcycle licence and all other licences would be suspended.

The matter was then adjourned until November 16.

Persaud was crossing the road at about 7.10 pm on the day of the accident, when he was struck down by the motorcycle and the rider then rode away. He was then taken to the Diamond Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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