Monday, January 22, 2018

Driving instructor charged in cop's highway death


heading to court: Ramjit Sookdeo, left, of Mohess Road in Penal, is escorted to Chaguanas Magistrates Court on charges of causing death by dangerous driving of WPC Angie Beckles-Gordon on December 7, 2011. —Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

(BI) Feedloader User

A 66-YEAR-OLD Penal man, who allegedly stuck a road sign that fell on a female police officer and killed her more than a year ago, appeared in court yesterday.

Ramjit Sookdeo, a driving instructor of Mohess Road, appeared before Couva Magistrate Indra Ramoo-Hayes.

Sookdeo was brought to court by police officers who served him with a warrant for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was charged by Sergeant Andy Mohammed of Freeport Police Station.

It is alleged that on December 7, 2011, Sookdeo's vehicle struck a road sign along the north-bound lane of Solomon Hochoy Highway in the vicinity of road works at the Preysal flyover.

Constable Angie Beckles-Gordon was on duty at the location.

Beckles-Gordon was standing behind a large sign which indicated to motorists to proceed in a particular direction on the road, when a car driven by Sookdeo allegedly knocked down several cones before hitting the sign.

The sign fell and Beckles-Gordon was pinned by it.

She died while undergoing medical treatment at hospital.

Her brother, attorney Keith Beckles, turned up at the courthouse yesterday.

Sookdeo was granted $100,000 bail and instructed to return to court on February 13.