Victims: Haydee Paul, centre, and her children Shakira and Akasha Paul.
Cop's dangerous driving Sea Lots death case to start soon
...constable Sherwin Legere charged with causing death to three
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THE State is seeking to go the route of paper committal in the case against a police officer charged with causing death by dangerous driving of a Sea Lots woman and her two daughters in February.
The paper committal means that the State would not be calling anyone to give testimony in court and would only bring a witness on the request of the defence to clarify a point made in their written statement.
The move is part of the State's ongoing attempt to speedily deal with criminal cases.
When the matter was called yesterday Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar was informed that the State would be taking that route and have close to 16 statements remaining to give to the defence attorney Joseph Honore, who was not present in court when the matter was called.
The court was told that the State attempted to disclose the statements to Honore but there was some difficulty in doing so. On the last occasion the State said it had a total of 40 statements to put into evidence.
Police Constable Sherwin Legere, a policeman for the past 15 years, is charged with three offences of causing death by dangerous driving to Haydee Paul and her daughters, Akasha, eight and Shakira, seven. The three were struck and killed while walking along a pavement on Beetham Highway, Port of Spain, on the morning of February 24.
Legere, of Bagna Trace, Chase Village, Chaguanas, also faces a fourth charge, alleging that he "drove motor vehicle PCT 3096 in a manner which was dangerous to the public having regard to all the circumstances of the case".
State attorney Marcia Lyons is prosecuting the matter with the assistance of Senior State attorney Kathy-ann Waterman-Latchoo.
The matter has been adjourned to September 12. On that day, a trial date is expected to be seat.
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