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Bus driver pleads not guilty to death charges

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A BUS driver involved in a fatal collision last Friday at Karavi in Ba appeared at the Lautoka Magistrates Court yesterday morning.

He is alleged to have caused the deaths of three members of a Tavua family.

Sachindra Krishneel Nath, 26 of Wairuku in Rakiraki appeared before Magistrate Mosese Naivalu on three counts of occasioning death by dangerous driving and two counts of occasioning grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving.

He pleaded not guilty to all five counts.

Magistrate Naivalu adjourned the case for mention at the Ba Magistrates Court to January 22 next year.

Counsel for the accused Faiz Khan asked for bail and it was granted for $2000 with the condition of two sureties at the sum of $1000 each.

Mr Nath was ordered to surrender all travel documents and a stop departure order has been executed.

Magistrate Naivalu ordered the accused to report to the Rakiraki Police Station on Mondays and Thursdays between 4pm to 6pm and also told him not to interfere with prosecution witnesses.

Mr Khan said his client sympathised with the lives that were lost and added that he had the right to defend himself.

Mr Nath was the driver of a bus which allegedly collided head-on with a rental car midday last Friday where the driver Alvin Kumar, his mother Savita Devi and sister-in-law Sheenal were killed.

The driver's brother Shelvin Kumar and father Praveen Kumar remain admitted at the Lautoka Hospital.


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