Charged: Balton Barnwell

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Witness testifies in Creek accident

By NIKITA BRAXTON-BENJAMIN nikita.braxon@trinidadexpress.com

THE TESTIMONY of State witness Mahendra Maharaj on Thursday began the preliminary enquiry into the death of his nine-year-old son and four other occupants of a vehicle travelling along Mosquito Creek back in 2009.

Maharaj, a survivor of the crash gave evidence before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington.

Maharaj was taking Sachin Maharaj, nine and his three-year-old son to the Balls of Fire cricket match at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on August 15, 2009 when a truck crashed into their panel van.

Balton Barnwell, 74, was charged by Sergeant Vijay Ramdhanie with causing death by dangerous driving after Sachin Maharaj, Sachin Singh, 12, Rajkumar Deonarine, 15, Rishi Ramlogan, 22, and Rajesh Ramnarine, 37, all of South Oropouche, died.

Barnwell is on $500,000 bail and his driver’s licence has been taken away by the court. The case is being prosecuted by attorney Ambay Ramkhelewan.

Attorney Melissa Sinanan held for attorney Jagdeo Singh who is representing Barnwell.

The matter was adjourned to July 14.
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