The charges are in connection with an incident which occurred last Saturday December 06 at a political meeting of the New Democratic Party in Clare Valley.
According to a release from the Police, during the NDP political meeting, at about 10:50pm motor vehicle P-119, which was at the time carrying registration number P-7516, driven by Antwone Quincy Anthony of Questelles, travelled from top Questelles towards Clare Valley.
Police say on passing Merline Hill, the vehicle’s engine closed off but the vehicle continued travelling downhill for over 500ft. Anthony reportedly lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a car which was parked in the vicinity of the public meeting. As a result of the collision, several persons, including Edgar Cruickshank, a 78year-old resident of Questelles, were injured. Mr. Cruickshank later succumbed to his injuries at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.
At the time of the collision, Anthony’s 4year old son, was a passenger in motor vehicle P-119.
The Police say a series of inspections were conducted on motor vehicle P-119 by a Gazetted Motor Vehicle Inspector, which revealed the following:-
1. The vehicle was registered as P-119 and not P-7516
2. The fan belt which runs the alternator was off and burst
3. The starter relay and starter fuse were tampered with
Anthony was taken into custody the said night of the accident. He was subsequently arrested and charged with the following offences:-
i. Fraudulent use of a vehicle’s identification mark
ii, Failing to renew driving permit on his birthday
iii. Using an unlicensed motor vehicle
iv. Using an uninsured motor vehicle
v. causing the death of Edgar Cruickshank by dangerous driving
He appeared at the Serious Offences Court on today, but was not required to plea to the charges which will be heard indictably.
Police say Anthony was granted bail in the sum of $40,000.00 with one surety, and was ordered to surrender all travel documents to the Court. He cannot leave the State without the permission of the Court. And a “Stop Notice” to restrict his movements was also issued to all Ports of Entry and Exit. He is also to report to the Questelles Police Station every Monday and Thursday between 6:00am and 6:00pm.
February 05, 2015 has been set as the date for the next hearing of the charges brought against Anthony.
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