A SENIOR pastor of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God was remanded to prison on Monday after he was charged with causing the death of Maurice Moseley by dangerous driving.
Thirty- five year old Haleno Angelo Luiz was not required to plead to the indictable offence when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. It is alleged that on March 3, 2017 on Hadfield and Smyth Streets, the pastor drove PPP 4765 in a dangerous manner causing the death of Moseley.
The court was informed that Luiz, who is also a televangelist on several local stations, moved to Guyana three years ago spreading the word of God. However, the Brazilian national, lived and worked in Guyana for the past three years and he is a resident of Guyana who holds a work permit issued last year.
Police prosecutor Deniro Jones objected to bail, citing the nature and penalty of the offense, as well as the fact that Luiz is not a Guyanese citizen. He was remanded to prison until March 15. Jones added that Luiz had not offered his passport to the police nor did he offer any statement to the police. It is alleged that on the day in question, the defendant was proceeding east along Hadfield Street at a fast rate when he failed to stop at Smyth Street, hitting the deceased who was riding his motorcycle.
Moseley, a former meter technician at the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) was heading to work at Top Branz Distributors when he met his demise. He was reportedly riding his motorcycle along Hadfield Street when the driver of the van failed to stop at the intersection and crashed into him. Moseley was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.