DON HENDERSON OWEN appeared in court today charged with causing the death of Denyse Seepersad-Joseph by dangerous driving.
He was also charged with failing the breathalyser test after allegedly registering a reading of 81 microgrammes, 46 microgrammes over the legal limit.
Owen, 44, of Palmyra was granted $200,000 bail. He was ordered to reappear in court on Ocotber 2.
When he first arreaped in court on Tueasday, Owen the lone prisoner in the dock when he faced Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington around 4 p.m. in the San Fernando First Magistrates’ Court.
Wearing a grey polo jersey and a cream pants and in handcuffs, the woodworker was taken from the holding bay for the charges to be read.
Two female relatives sat in the public gallery of the court.
It is alleged that on August 31 at Tarouba Road, St Clements, Owen drove motor vehicle PBG1879 dangerously along the road, causing the death of Seepersad-Joseph.
The charge was laid under Section 71 A of the Motor Vehicle Road Traffic Act.
Another charge of dangerous driving was also read.
Wellington enquired from legal adviser to the Southern Division, Ramdath Phillip, about the choice of these two charges.
Phillip said this was done because one person had died and another was injured.
On Saturday night, Seepersad-Joseph was taking her four-year-old daughter, Abigail, out of her car when she was hit. She died at the scene.
Seepersad-Joseph threw Abigail from her arms at the moment of impact and the child escaped with minor injuries.
Wellington yesterday read the third charge that Owen consumed so much alcohol that the proportions exceeded the prescribed limit by 46 microgrammes. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
All charges were laid by Cpl Krishendeo Jagdeo.
The magistrate asked about Owen’s criminal background and Phillip said the police were yet to have him traced.
Owen, who had no lawyer, said he never before had a matter in court.
Wellington remanded him in custody until today for the police to get the information on any criminal background.
The matters were transferred to the Traffic Court for today, where bail was granted.