$1M bail for businessman charged with death of teen

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A West Coast Berbice businessman was placed on $1M bail and ordered to lodge his travel documents after he was slapped with four charges, including causing death by dangerous driving.

Sultan Iyube, 48, of Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice was not required to plead to causing the death of 19-year-old Tristan Sahai of Number 57 Village, Corentyne on September 17, 2017.

He appeared before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court, where he was also charged with failing to stop following an accident, failing to render assistance and failing to report an accident on the day in question.

Dead: Tristan Sahai

According to reports, at about 20:30hrs on the day in question, motorcar PLL 5704 was proceeding North at a fast rate when it struck down Sahai and his friend, 28-year-old Mooneshwar Jairam who were both crossing the #55 Public Road at the time.

Following the accident, Iyube fled the scene as eyewitness rushed both injured men to the Skeldon Public Hospital where Sahai was pronounced dead while his friend was transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital.

The car involved in the accident

Iyube was arrested following a tip the police received that he had repaired the motor car and sold it. His lawyer, in the bail application, told the court that Iyube is not a flight risk and is willing to subject himself to the conditions the court impose with the bail.

The Police Prosecutor did not object to bail; bail was granted and he has to return to court on December 27, 2017.

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