No bail for Daniel

COURT TODAY BLOCKThe driver of the ZR van which overturned close to the River bus stand two months ago, remains on remand.

Matthew Ricardo Daniel, 40, of Licorish Village, My Lords Hill, St Michael reappeared in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court earlier today. He was remanded on charges of furious driving, dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention and driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.

This time, he went before acting Magistrate Elwood Watts before whom the prosecution renewed their objections to bail.

Previously those objections were that the allegations were serious, the fact that Daniel had antecedents and that if convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine on the driving furious offence.

Further, that one of the aggravating circumstances as it relates to these allegations is that school children were traveling in the vehicle and a number of these persons were seriously injured. One child lost her arm below the elbow after the incident.

The prosecutor also submitted that it was a matter of public interest, tensions were very high, parents were angry and investigations needed to be completed.

Today, Daniel’s attorney Angella Mitchell-Gittens contended that there was no reason to continue holding Daniel “who has been in custody almost two months”.

She said that many accused with more serious charges where there is a loss of life “are not in danger of incarceration” since the usual penalty for a conviction for death by dangerous driving was a suspended sentence and a fine.

Mitchell-Gittens questioned whether Daniels would be required to continue on remand until whenever the prosecution withdraws its objections to bail.

She added that the matter was not likely to get off the ground “in any hurry” and she therefore could not see the point of “this pre-trial remand”. She submitted that should the accused be convicted, only then would “incarceration become a live issue”.

Today’s denial of bail had to do with the fact that the sitting Traffic Court Magistrate, Graveney Bannister, had set down August 14 as the date on which pre-trial disclosure should be handed over to the defence attorney by the prosecution.

Watts therefore felt it best to see what would happen on that date as opposed to granting Daniel bail today. He reminded  the prosecutor that disclosure ought to be ready for that upcoming date, when Daniel returns
to court.

12 Responses to No bail for Daniel

  1. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt August 7, 2015 at 3:23 am

    I hope they make an example of him. At least five years in jail. It’s way past time to stamp out blatant lawlessness from this sector

    • Violeta Patricia Piggott
      Violeta Patricia Piggott August 7, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Den shud have made an example off d rest before him den them wont have to do it to him smh

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 7, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Good. That would give the driver time to think about his actions and hopefully, get the message across to drivers, that lawless driving behaviour will not be tolerated.

  3. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox August 7, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Making a example out of him and the 500 others still doing crap makes no sense to me. Wait till something else happens and all the big ups will turn up saying we have get it right now. Fed up with all the talking

  4. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 7, 2015 at 7:37 am

    It would have been better if the young girl was compensated by the government allowing him to work and repay the money paid out …justice is indeed blind and misguided

  5. Violeta Patricia Piggott
    Violeta Patricia Piggott August 7, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I dont see why he cant have bail no one die n ppl get bail for more serious crime doa

  6. Liz DaSilva Vieira
    Liz DaSilva Vieira August 7, 2015 at 8:19 am

    It does not appear that any punishments metered out thus far over the years has had any effect whatsoever on the driving habits of too many of the psv drivers. This is evident by what we see every day on our roads. Why are these drivers not deprived of their drivers licences after a specified amount of driving convictions. I recall several years ago that one driver caused a death and he already had over 100 convictions but his driver’s licence was still in tact.

  7. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull August 7, 2015 at 10:33 am

    He deserves bail although his actions were stupid an immature. Keeping him in jail is not going change anything ,caused this one man can’t b an example for this ZR culture that exist an continues everyday.

  8. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister August 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Because a man gets condemned to hang for murder means people gin stop killing? If my sister drove my car and knock over someone, should I be arrested for owning the car? Think about it irrational people

  9. Signori Nera
    Signori Nera August 7, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Bajan Empathy …..smfh

  10. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley August 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Does anyone ever get banned from driving in Barbados ?

  11. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley August 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Does anyone ever get banned from driving in Barbados ?


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