Trial date for trucker charged with death of five
A TRIAL date has been set to begin the case against truck driver Balton Barnwell who was charged four years ago with causing the death of five people by allegedly driving dangerously.
The case was called yesterday before San Fernando Magistrate Annette McKenzie, who set November 27 as the day the matter will begin.
As she noted the trial date, McKenzie reminded the police prosecutor
that the case dated back to 2009. It was on August 15 of that year that Sachin Maharaj, nine, Sachin Singh, 12, Rajkumar Deonarine, 15, Rishi Ramlogan, 22, and Rajesh Ramnarine, 37, were among a group of 17 on their way to a cricket match at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain.
They were killed after a truck crashed into their panel van on Mosquito Creek, near Godineau River bridge in La Romaine.
Barnwell, 73, was charged by Sergeant Vijay Ramdhanie. He is on $500,000 bail and has had his licence taken away by the court.
In the past, defence attorney Melissa Sinanan, who has been holding for attorney Jagdeo Singh, raised issue of disclosure. Yesterday, she again said that this had only been partially done.
At past hearings, the issue of whether an attorney from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions or a police prosecutor will be involved in the matter was also raised.
Yesterday there was no State attorney present for the case, but five prosecution witnesses were present and gave their names to the court.