PLEADED NOT GUILTY: Don
Henderson Owen, centre, is
escorted out of the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court yesterday after
being granted $200,000 bail.
—Photos: DEXTER PHILIP
Man granted $.2m bail
Mom killed by ‘drunk driver’
STATE attorneys will be appointed to prosecute the case against Don Henderson Owen who was yesterday granted $.2 million bail on three charges, among them that he caused the death of Denyse Seepersad-Joseph by driving dangerously.
The mother of four was laid to rest yesterday.
On Tuesday, Owen, 44, of Palmyra was denied bail and remanded in prison custody for his criminal background to be traced.
According to the charge, on Independence day, August 31, at Tarouba Road, St Clements, Owen drove a motor vehicle dangerously along that road, causing Seepersad-Joseph’s death.
Owen is also charged with dangerous driving, and with exceeding the legal alcohol limit.
Owen pleaded not guilty yesterday to the drunk driving offence before Traffic Court Magistrate Rehanna Hosein.
The other charges were laid indictably by Corporal Krishendeo Jagdeo.
Defence attorney Shaun Teekasingh made an application for bail, saying his client worked as a joiner and woodworker at home.
“When he heard the police were looking for him (in yesterday’s matter), he surrendered into custody,” Teekasingh said.
He said Owen had one previous matter before the court for obscene language and he had paid a fine.
The police prosecutor said there was no objection to bail being granted, but described the charges as being of a serious nature.
“A life was lost and a child, though discharged from hospital, received some injuries. We are requesting that a sum commensurate with the seriousness of the offence be attached,” said the police prosecutor.
The court was told that a state attorney would be handling the cases.
Hosein placed Owen on $200,000 bail and ordered that he return to court on October 2.
Last Saturday, Seepersad-Joseph was struck by a yellow Nissan Laurel while holding her four-year-old daughter, Abigail.
She died at the scene after throwing her child to safety.