Sunday 15 December, 2019

Christmas behind bars for driver of garbage truck that crushed child

The truck that overturned at Clan Carthy Primary School in St Andrew, crushing seven-year-old student, Benjamin Bair, in the process.

The truck that overturned at Clan Carthy Primary School in St Andrew, crushing seven-year-old student, Benjamin Bair, in the process.

The driver of the motor truck that overturned recently, resulting in the death of seven-year-old Clan Carthy Primary School student, Benjamin Bair, is to appear in the Home Circuit Court on January 18, 2020.

The accused, Alten Brooks, 52, of Nine Miles, Bull Bay, St Andrew, was charged with manslaughter last week.

When his case was mentioned in court on Friday, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, proffered a voluntary bill of indictment, which moved the case from the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to the Home Circuit Court.

The case file remains incomplete and Brooks was remanded in custody until his next court date.

The police reported that Benjamin died on the spot after a garbage truck that was being used to collect waste material at the Deanery Road, St Andrew-based school on October 28, got out of control on the compound and slammed into a wall, before overturning and crushing the child.

The incident occurred at about 4.30 pm.

The development triggered shock and anger at the school and across the nation.

The driver of the truck fled the scene after the tragedy, but turned himself in to the police days after the incident.

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