Sunday, January 21, 2018

TV6 worker dies in crash: driver charged

A DIEGO Martin man was placed on $90,000 bail yesterday after he appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court charged with causing the death of CCN TV6 video editor Kevin Ward last July.

Kore Joseph, 26, who lives with his family on Diego Martin Main Road, was arrested yesterday morning after a warrant was taken out for his arrest on Monday.

He was charged by Cpl Anthony Seebran of Barataria Police Station.

According to the charges, it was alleged that on July 14, 2012, Joseph caused the death of Ward--who was a passenger in his car—when he allegedly breached a "no right turn" sign at the Priority Bus Route, Barataria, following which the car he was driving was slammed into by a maxi-taxi heading west.

As a result, Ward, 30, and the father of a seven-year-old girl, was thrown through the rear window of the car. He died while undergoing treatment at Port of Spain General Hospital.

The other charges as read out to Joseph were that he drove a car, PBF 1750, without valid insurance as well as "uttering" or presenting a document that closely resembled a valid insurance certificate.

For causing the death of Ward, Joseph was not called upon to plead as the charge was laid indictably.

However, he pleaded guilty to driving without valid insurance.

Appearing on his behalf was attorney Manfergh Griffith, who requested "reasonable" bail for his client, citing that yesterday was the first time he ever appeared in court.

He said Joseph had no previous convictions and he had a fixed place of abode with his family in Diego Martin.

Joseph's mother and father were present in court.

Attorney Griffith also said his client works as an operator/technician.

Court prosecutor Sgt Ricky Lochan agreed with attorney Griffith and so did Magistrate Ayers-Caesar, who granted bail to be approved by a clerk of the peace.

The matter was adjourned to January 30.