Features — 04 December 2012 — by Rochelle Gillett
Amrick Escobar, 20, charged with manslaughter

Amrick Escobar, 20, a resident of Lords Bank village, was today taken before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith, where four charges were read to him – manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, driving without due care and attention, and driving a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit.

Police say that at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, November 30, Escobar was driving his blue Dodge Avenger car bearing license plate #BZC40487. He was coming from the direction of Chetumal Street toward the Ventura round-about when he knocked down Esmond Rudolph Wright, 43, a resident of Belama Phase 3.

In a report, police said that Wright was riding his green mountain bike when he was knocked down, and died on the spot as a result of massive head and body injuries he sustained. When they arrived on the scene, police observed Wright on the ground, lying motionless; he was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at midnight.

Escobar, who was represented by attorney Michael Peyrefitte, pleaded not guilty to the two lesser charges of driving a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit and driving without due care and attention. No pleas were taken for the other two charges, as those are indictable and will be heard at the Supreme Court.

Escobar was offered bail of $5,000, $1,000 of which was cash; the balance was to be signed for by his surety. Conditions for his bail are that he has to hand over his passport, even though it has expired; he cannot apply for any travel documents; he cannot leave the country; and he has to report to the Ladyville Police Station every Monday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. His case was adjourned to January 22, 2013.

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