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A MECHANIC, who claimed he struck a man with his car 16 years ago after being robbed, has been charged with causing his death by dangerous driving.

San Fernando Magistrate Lisa Singh-Phillip, in her role of coroner, made the ruling on Monday at the conclusion of an inquest in the matter involving Maniram Ramesh.

Ryan Rampersad was killed after a Ford Laser driven by Ramesh struck him in Gasparillo on October 24, 2004.

Rampersad sustained injuries, including to his head, and died two days later at hospital.

Ramesh claimed he had been robbed by two men who had entered his car.

In his statement to the police, he said he started his vehicle and drove in the men’s direction. Ramesh alleged the men ran in front of his car and, in fright, he struck them with his vehicle.

Anthony Smith, who was with Rampersad on that night back in 2004, was also struck by the car and was injured.

He claimed he and Rampersad saw Ramesh in his car at the side of the road, knocked on his glass and enquired if he was all right before they continued along.

During the inquest, Singh-Phillip considered the different versions of the incident given by the men.

Attorney Kevin Ratiram, who represented the interest of the estate of the deceased Rampersad, submitted that Ramesh should face the charge of manslaughter.

He said it was a revenge killing rather than one done in self-defence.

During the virtual hearing, Magistrate Singh-Phillip found a prima facie case had been made. She ordered a warrant be issued for Ramesh’s arrest and he face a magistrate on the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Ramesh, 38, of Tarouba, was represented by attorney Subhas Panday who, in a bail application, said his client had no matters before the court.

Ramesh was placed on $100,000 surety bail.

Ramesh was initially charged with causing death by dangerous driving, but at a court appearance in 2006, the prosecution requested that a coroner’s inquest be done.

The magistrate back then discharged the matter for the inquest to be conducted.


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