Pedal cyclist struck by intoxicated GDF rank succumbs

first_imgFifty-seven-year-old pedal cyclist Ramlackhan, who was struck down by an intoxicated corporal attached to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday last at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).His death occurred less than two weeks after he underwent emergency surgery while in an unconscious state at that hospital.Meanwhile, the military rank is yet to be charged since the file that had been sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to have a driving under the influence charge laid has not been returned to the police to date.Commander of C Division, Calvin Brutus had recently explained to this publication that since Ramlackhan had been involved in the accident, he never regained consciousness.Therefore, while he was in an unconscious state, the only charge that could be laid against the army corporal was that of DUI.“Dangerous driving is subject to the individual. So, we have already started the preliminary work in relation to the advice for the Driving Under the Influence (DUI). But not the accident in general…given the present state of the victim.”However, according to the police on Friday, now that Ramlackhan has succumbed to his injuries, investigations into the situation will take a different route since the military official can be charged with causing death by dangerous driving.“The army rank is presently on station bail but has to return to the police station on Monday [June 24, 2019]. The file for the DUI is yet to be returned to us [police] for further action. In relation to the pedal cyclist losing his life, further investigation has to be done since the victim died,” the police explained.On May 25 last, Ramlackhan was struck down while on the Vryheid’s Lust Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), by motorcar PRR 7815, which was allegedly being driven by the soldier. The severely injured man is said to hail from Lot 346 Martyrs Ville, Mon Repos, ECD.At the time of the accident, Ramlackhan was towing another friend who is reportedly from Sixth Street, Success, ECD. His friend suffered minor injuries.Reports are that on the day in question, the duo was riding along the roadway when they were hit off the bicycle by the vehicle being driven by the GDF rank, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.Ramlackhan was picked up and taken to the GPHC, where he was admitted a patient.A breathalyser test was conducted on the driver of the vehicle, and it was discovered that his alcohol intake was above the legal limit. Investigations into the matter continue.However, Commander Brutus had earlier this month explained that the soldier who was allegedly driving the car involved in the accident was released into the custody of the Army.“The Joint Services Protocol dictates that we hand him over to his superiors pending the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). With regards to Police having custody of Joint Services ranks, it is dependent on the category of crime. For instance, if it is murder or so, they will stay in our [GPF] custody. If it is a lesser category, we hand them over to their respective agency and they will take responsibility to bring them back whenever is needed; or if advice is to charge, they will make them available and bring them so.”last_img read more

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Southampton tie up £12m deal for Hull star

first_img1 Southampton have signed Hull striker Shane Long Southampton have signed Hull striker Shane Long for a fee believed to be in the region of £12million.The 27-year-old only joined the Tigers from West Brom for £7m in January, but has now moved to the south coast on a four-year deal.Long becomes the Saints’ sixth summer signing and joins in time to take part in this Sunday’s opening game of the season against Liverpool.Boss Ronald Koeman told the club’s official website: “Shane is a very good player. As a striker, he’s different to Graziano Pelle, which is something we needed.“He brings ambition and a great mentality – he’s always running and always working, and he’s very down-to-earth. He’s a great person, and we need that type of player.“He brings a lot of experience to our squad because he’s already played at Premier League level for a few years. He knows what we need at this level, and he can show that to our younger players as well.“Shane will be an important player for us and our future.”Long added: “I’m delighted. This came out of the blue for me but, once I’d come and had a look at the training facilities and met the manager, it seemed like the right decision for me and my family.“It was a hard decision for me to make, but when you come down to Southampton you see how big a club it is and how well set up it is.“You look at how well they did last season and they are developing a new squad for this year to try and achieve those accomplishments again, and hopefully I can be a big part of that.“Southampton play a brand of football that’s enjoyable to watch, and I’m sure it’ll be enjoyable to play in as well. I think the formation they play will suit me, and the manager has a lot of knowledge about football and I’m looking to learn off him.“In theory it’s a very good move for me, but all the hard work starts tomorrow when I get on the training pitch because I have to prove my worth.”last_img read more

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