Truck driver freed of charge over death of brothers

Ghansham Dass

Ghansham Dass, the truck driver who was charged with causing the death of two brothers in a collision at Friendship, East Bank Demerara just over two years ago, was acquitted last Friday.

Dass was on trial before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore and was represented by attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat.

The charge alleged that Dass, who was the driver of GNN 5355, caused the death of both Phillip and Jonnel Armstrong by driving in a manner dangerous to the public on October 1st, 2016.

Jonnel Armstrong

At the conclusion of the trial last Friday, Dass heard from the

magistrate that the prosecution had failed to prove its case against him and as a result the charge was dismissed.

After the accident, witnesses had stated that the brothers’ RAV 4, PLL 1890, swerved into the path of the truck after turning a corner and hitting a bump. Dass had said then that he saw the RAV4’s driver lose control of the vehicle and slowed down but was still unable to avoid it as it plowed into his vehicle.

Phillip Armstrong

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