Four years after being charged for causing the death of his then 19-year-old friend, Christopher Bridjmohan, of Albouystown, Georgetown, was on Thursday sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment after the conclusion of a lengthy trial.
The 24-year-old man appeared in the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court and was handed the sentence by Magistrate Zamilla Ally, who found him guilty of causing the death of Christopher Baichan on November 9, 2014.
The matter was prosecuted by Special Prosecutor Sanjeev Datadin while the accused was represented by Attorney-at-Law James Bond.
The charge against Bridjmohan stated that on November 9, 2014, he drove motor car PPP 3838 in a dangerous manner thus causing the death of Baichan of Oleander Gardens, East Coast Demerara, who was a passenger in the said car at the time of the accident.
Bridjmohan had denied that they were taking part in a drag race at the time of the accident, stating that he was merely travelling along the East Coast road to take his friend home when the car came into contact with an uneven section of the road and another vehicle swerved in front of him.
This, he said, caused him to swerve to avoid hitting that vehicle, which resulted in him losing control of the car he was driving. At the time, he was released on $225,000 bail by Magistrate Alex Moore.
Shortly after being granted his pre-trial liberty, Bridjmohan took to his Facebook page to apologise to the relatives of Baichan, admitting that the two were best friends and that his actions caused the death of the young man.
In his Facebook post, the young man admitted that he and his now dead friend were invited by other friends to witness a driving event.