Teenager slapped with a book of charges in connection to fatal traffic accident that took life of 87-year-old, Thomas Sutherland aka Shugga of Lemonal
by: Anita Nembhard
Tues. June 8, 2021
A teenager who is believe to have caused the fatal death of a senior citizen of Lemonal is lucky to be out on bail for manslaughter by negligence after he was arraigned this morning shortly before noon before Magistrate, Kiana Gordon in Court
18-year-old Leeron Leolyn Muslar, a Construction Worker of Lemonal Village was arraigned this morning in the Belize City Magistrate’s before Magistrate, Kiana Gordon who was assisted by the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser during the arraignment.
Muslar who was represented by attorney, Orson “OJ” Elrington was read a total of six counts, one count of manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, drove motor vehicle without due care and attention, failure to stop and render aid, using an unregistered motor vehicle, fail to report an accident, drove an unlicensed motorcycle and use motorcycle not covered by third party risk insurance.
No plea was taken from him as Magistrate Kiana Gordon explained to him that the charge of manslaughter by negligence is an indictable offense that will be tried on indictable and that the prosecutor is awaiting directives from the DPP office as to how they will procees on the other charges prior to trial.
While Head of Prosecution Branch, Alifah Elrington had no objection to bail being granted to Muslar she was concerned as to the allegation of him not stopping to render aid, for that reason she asked the court to consider placing stringent conditions on Muslar so he understand fully the serious nature of the offenses.
Magistrate Gordon agree and offered bail to Muslar in the sum of $4,000 pluS one surety of the same with conditions in which he was ordered to, report to the Bermudian Landing Police Station every Wednesday of the week between the hours of 6:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m., until his case is dispose of; he was also ordered not to leave the country without the permission of the court.
Up until 12 this afternoon, Muslar remain in custody at the Belize City Court holding cell area.
The arrest of Muslar occurred on Saturday when he was detained by police for the fatal hit and run accident that took the life of 87-year-old, Thomas Sutherland aka “Shugga”, a resident of Lemonal Village.
Police investigation revealed that Sutherland was walking on the road heading home when he was hit by a black Meilun motorcycle driven at the time by Muslar.
The accident is said to have occurred sometime between 10:00 p.m., on Friday, June 4, 2021 and 1:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
It was not until 5:00 a.m., that the lifeless body of Sutherland was found on the roadside.
His family believe he was hit and left to die and should he had received urgent medical treatment, he could have survived the ordeal.
Police say that his death was a hit and run until they found a black Meilun motorcycle hidden about 200 yards from Suterland’s body that led them to arrest Muslar.
Leeron Muslar next court date is set for August 10, 2021 and the date tentatively set also for disclosure to be given to him in the case.