Member of Parliament in the Opposition Richard Frederick, who was today ordered to surrender his driver’s licence and pay $2,000 in damages for driving without due care, is planning to file an appeal against the magistrate’s judgment.
Frederick appeared before Magistrate Velon John in Gros Islet today, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 where he was found guilty and ordered to pay $2,000 in damages in 15 days. He was also disqualified from driving for the next 40 days.
Frederick is to surrender his driver’s licence by Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 9:00. But this may not happen since as Frederick is appealing the case.
According to reports, the accident occurred on May 26, 2012 about 11:15 pm on the John Compton Highway, near the Choc roundabout.
Reports further stated that the two drivers, Frederick and Josiah Alexander, were both travelling towards Gros Islet, where the two lanes merge as one near Saamans Park.
Alexander was on the outer lane and Frederick was on the inner lane, and as Frederick allegedly attempted to overtake Alexander’s vehicle the two made contact.
St. Lucia News Online understands that Alexander’s vehicle crashed into a tree about 100 feet from the collision.
When the matter was taken to court, it was found that Frederick was the driver at fault and as such he was found culpable and fined $2,000 or 15 days in prison and suspension of his driver’s licence for 40 days.
Frederick has stated that he will appeal the decision of the court.
Frederick was the minister for Physical Planning, Housing, Urban Renewal and Local Government under the previous United Workers Party administration.