Tecona Welcome was jailed for three years on Thursday for causing the death of her friend, Debra Pompey on June 24, 2017, following a vehicular accident at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.
Welcome was found guilty by Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.
The prosecution contended that Welcome of Lot 391 Austin Street, Campbellville, Georgetown drove motorcar PSS 7195 in a manner dangerous to the public, thus causing the death of Pompey. According to the prosecution’s case, the 27-year-old
woman also exceeded the legal limit of alcohol consumption.
The now jailed woman had pleaded not guilty to the charge when she made her first court appearance and was released on $520,000 bail. It was reported that on the fateful night, a group of friends, including Welcome, had just left the Giftland Mall after a bridal shower and was heading to Georgetown when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving and slammed into a bridge.
Among those injured were 20-year-old Rodlyn Grace of Blygezigt Gardens; 18-year-old Shameica Martin of Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara; the deceased’s 26-year-old sister, Tushana Hubbard; and 30-year-old Saskiya Boyer of Lodge, Georgetown.
Welcome suffered a fractured left arm as a result of the impact. According to
reports, the vehicle was proceeding West along the southern carriageway of the Railway Embankment at a fast rate when it slammed into the southern rail of the Liliendaal bridge.
Pompey who was the front seat passenger sustained severe injuries and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital but was pronounce dead on arrival.
A post-mortem examination gave Pompey’s cause of death as multiple injuries related to a motor vehicle accident.