A negligent motorcyclist who was involved in an accident with a former HTS editor in 2011 was slapped with a $3,500 fine yesterday, April 16, 2013 and suspended from driving for over a year.
Shane Laurent was found guilty on all charges: driving without due care and attention, fraudulently imitating registration number plate, driving motor vehicle without a driver’s licence and driving a vehicle without first having in force a policy of insurance.
According to court records, the accident occurred on April 24, 2011 when the virtual complainant, Carmy Joseph, indicated to turn right into a junction in the Top of the World area on the Marisule Road. She was travelling in the direction of Castries.
The court heard that as she swung to the right, the defendant, who was riding a scooter, hit the right front side of her vehicle which caused her to run off the road and crash into a pole. The defendant landed in a nearby chicken coop.
For the offence of driving without due care and attention, Magistrate Velon John fined Laurent $1,000 to be paid in 60 days or in default 60 days imprisonment..
For driving without first having in force a policy of insurance, he was fined $1,000 to pay in 60 days or in default spend 60 days in prison.
For fraudulently imitating a registration number, Laurent was fined $500 to be paid in 60 days or 60 days in prison.
And for driving without a licence, he was fined $1,000 to be paid in 60 days or in default 60 days imprisonment.
He was disqualified from driving for a total of 18 months.