Man pleads guilty
St Thomas resident admits to dangerous driving
A man who was driving the vehicle in which his girlfriend was killed four years ago, today pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
Jason Hutson Beckles, an air conditioning technician from Bryan Road, Welchman Hall, St Thomas admitted to the offence when he appeared in the No. 2 Supreme Court before Justice Margaret Reifer.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock said that Beckles was driving along the Warrens/Clairmont section of the ABC Highway around midnight on August 22, 2011 when he collided with a vehicle driven by Tyrone Walkes, who was returning from the Banks Hockey Festival with four passengers.
Leacock said Walkes was on his “left and proper side”, when Beckles ended up in that same lane and collided with the front of his vehicle.
Both vehicles were significantly damaged in the crash, which left Beckles’ girlfriend, Nicole Watson, trapped with multiple injuries.
She was freed with the Jaws Of Life, but showed no sign of life, and was pronounced dead by Dr Andrew Murray at 1.57 a.m.
Post-mortem results showed that Watson died from brain injuries arising out of the accident.
The DPP went on to tell the court that the police reconstructionist found that Beckles would have been driving at over 80 kilometers per hour.
In responding, attorney-at-law Wilfred Abrams said while he accepted the facts as given “to a certain extent”, the preliminary evidence had shown that Beckles’ car had malfunctioned, causing him to end up on the other side of the road.
He argued that Walkes never had a post-accident blood test, even though he admitted to drinking four or more beers before driving.
Beckles has a previous conviction for driving in excess of the speed limit on the Barrow section of the Adams Barrow Cummins Highway on October 2013. He was fined $1,000 at that time.
A presentencing report was ordered and the matter would be heard, again, on April 15.