Mocha businessman gets four and a half years for driving death of woman, 64

Cleveland Softleigh

Cleveland Softleigh, the Mocha businessman who was charged last year with causing the death of a woman whom he struck along the Herstelling Public Road, was yesterday sentenced to four years and six months in jail after being found guilty of the crime.

Softleigh, 50, was tried by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman in George-town for causing the death of Ingrid James through dangerous driving.

Dead Ingrid James

The charged against Softleigh stated that on July 29th, 2017, he drove motorcar PKK 3251 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of 64-year-old James.

According to the police, at about 8.20 pm on the day of the accident, Softleigh was proceeding at a fast rate along the Herstelling Public Road and collided with James, who at the time was crossing. James, who landed some distance away from the point of impact, was picked up by Softleigh and taken to the Diamond Hospital. As a result of the collision, James’ left leg was severed and she sustained injuries to her head and body. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond Hospital, after being transported there in an unconscious state.

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