St Lucia – Canadian charged with drowning toddler on bail
CASTRIES –– A Canadian citizen who was charged in connection with the drowning death of four-year-old Terrel Joshua Elibox at the Bois Chadon Beach in Vieux Fort on Sunday, February 22, has been granted bail.
St Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that Sahab Jamshidi, 33, was granted bail in the sum of EC$10,000 cash, or suitable surety, by the Second District Court. The physician cannot leave the state without the court’s permission and was asked to surrender all his travel documents.
Jamshidi who resides in Cap Estate, Gros Islet, is expected to report to the Gros Islet Police Station every Wednesday, any time between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jamshidi was charged some time after 3 p.m. on Monday with causing death by gross recklessness or negligence. Terrel’s relatives claimed that Jamshidi took the child kite-surfing without their permission, while sources close to the Canadian said Jamshidi spotted Terrel getting into difficulty and tried in futility to save him.
Terrel’s body was discovered two days later. Jamshidi, who was scheduled to leave St Lucia last Thursday, works as a personal trainer at a gym in Hamilton, Canada, and is a trained doctor awaiting a residency. He attended medical school in St Lucia where he is also a member of a kite-surfing group. Jamshidi also made headlines late last year in Canada when he rescued a teenager who was found injured on a rocky trail.
“Jamshidi had been out mountain-biking when he found the youth, who was bleeding and didn’t know where he was. He used his medical training to assess the youth and then took him to hospital,” according to a story in The Record (Canada).