Former Magistrate slapped with more charges

Former Magistrate Chandra Sohan was on Friday slapped with two more charges in relation to an accident in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
Sohan appeared before Magistrate Renita Singh at the Albion Magistrate’s Court where he denied the charges of failing to give his name, address and registration number to the nearest Police station and another charge which stated that on August 18, 2017, on the Williamsburg Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice, he failed to take the injured person to seek medical attention after allegedly being involved in an accident. He was released on self-bail. The matters have been adjourned until September 26.
Meanwhile, his previous charge of driving under the influence (DUI) was also called at the same court. When the matter was called, head of the barrage of lawyers representing Sohan, Marceline Bacchus, entered an application for the prosecution to make disclosure.
Magistrate Singh ordered the Police to make a disclosure on the statements they have to the defence and set September 26 for the trial to continue.
The charges stemmed from an accident allegedly involving Sohan at about 19:40h on August 18, at Williamsburg.
The prosecution is contending that following the accident on August 18, Sohan’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.
Investigations revealed that motor van PJJ 6060 driven by the 51-year-old lawyer of Palmyra Village, East Coast Berbice, was proceeding West along the southern carriageway when a male pedestrian who is still unidentified, allegedly crossed the road from South to North into the path of the vehicle and was hit. He was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Port Mourant Public Hospital, treated and transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital and later to the Georgetown Public Hospital. The injured man was admitted in a serious but stable condition. (Andrew Carmichael)