Boat captain pleads not guilty to manslaughter

A THIRTY-NINE-year-old boat captain, who was charged with manslaughter following a deadly boat collision in 2016, on Wednesday, entered a not guilty plea when he appeared in the Suddie High Court. Tyrone Da Silva of Grant Lower, Pomeroon River, who was arraigned before Justice Navindra Singh, denied that on August 31, 2016, in the county of Essequibo, he unlawfully killed 28-year-old Ryan DeFreitas. The State is being represented by prosecutor Tiffini Lyken while attorney-at-law Lachmi Dindayal is on record for the accused. A 12-member jury was emplaned to hear the case come June 8. Reports reveal that DeFreitas was a passenger in a boat which was involved in a collision with DaSilva’s boat in the Lower Pomeroon River. DeFreitas was tossed overboard as a result of the impact and his body was later fished out of the river. According to reports, Da Silva was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. The results of the autopsy, which was conducted by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh, revealed that DeFreitas lost his life due to multiple injuries caused by collision.


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