Man charged with Soldier’s death accuse GDF of brutality
A 39-year-old Mechanic from central Lethem was Wednesday released on $1M bail for causing the death of Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Lance Corporal, Devon Fraser who was struck down and killed along the Lethem Public Road on October 18, 2017.
Helroy Pedro appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charge, which alleged that on the day in question, in Central Rupununi, he drove his motorcycle in a dangerous manner which resulted in the death of Fraser.
His Attorney, Priana Sookraj, in her bail application told the Court that Pedro was badly beaten by GDF ranks and received serious injuries while in custody.
With no objection raised by Police Prosecutor, Gordon Mansfield the defendant was released on $1M bail and had his matter transferred to Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for report.
According to reports, at about 02:30 hrs on October 18, Fraser was walking in the company of another GDF rank along the corner of the roadway in the vicinity of Camp Kanuku, (the GDF Base in Lethem), when a speeding CG motorcycle [number unknown] collided with him from behind.
As a result of the impact, Fraser and the cyclist received injuries about their bodies. They were both taken to the Lethem Regional Hospital where Fraser was pronounced dead on arrival and the motorcyclist was admitted a patient.
The motorcyclist was tested and found to be above the legal limit of alcohol. Fraser was in Lethem as a member of the Military Band in observance of Lethem attaining township status. He leaves to mourn his pregnant wife and a son.