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GDF Lance Corporal slapped with death by dangerous driving charge

A 23-year-old Lance Corporal attached to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was Wednesday charged with causing the death of a woman in an accident.

Jason Butters of Onderneeming West Bank Demerara appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on December 15, 2020, at the McDoom Public Road, East Bank Demerara, he drove motorcar PPT4166 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of 33-year-old Ameena Sooklall of Providence, East Bank Demerara.

Butters who was represented by Stanley Moore, SC, was released on 150,000 bail. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on March 23, 2021.

According to reports, Butters’s car was proceeding north along the eastern drive lane of the western carriageway at a moderate speed when he suddenly felt drowsy.

It was reported that his eyes closed and he lost control of the vehicle and collided with the concrete median at the centre of the road.

As a result of the collision, the vehicle received extensive damage leaving the driver and Sooklall with injuries. Sooklall was later pronounced dead on the scene. She was a passenger in the vehicle.