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Corentyne market vendor charged with hit-and-run deaths, drunken driving

Nakash Persaud

A market vendor, who was involved in that Corentyne hit-and-run rampage earlier this week, was Friday arraigned for killing three pedestrians and drunken driving.

Nakash Persaud, 18, of 121 Number 51 Village, Corentyne was charged with three counts of causing death by dangerous driving and seven other offences.

He was not required to plea to the indictable charges and he refused bail and remanded to prison until July 2, 2014 when he would appear in the Whim Magistrates’ Court.

He was charged separately with driving motor car, PPP 5842, at Phillipi in a manner that caused the death of  19-year old Tabitha Latoya Bagot, 16-yearold  Malikia Juanita Bagot, 16 and their three-year old niece Shamaine Cort.

Persaud pleaded not guilty to the summary charges: three counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident, three counts of failing to render assistance, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Facts of the driving under the influence of alcohol charge state that he exceeded the legal limit of 35 micrograms, a breathalyser test having measured that he had consumed 68 micrograms.

Defence Lawyer, Krisendat Persaud urged a speedy trial and decided against requesting bail because Persaud could be charged with other offences.

Two persons were injured- Elroy Park,26, at Kilmanack Village and Matthew Mc Bean at Number 35 Village where Persaud was apprehended by public spirited citizens who handed him over to the police.