Policeman in court
By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Saturday, April 20 2013
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ACCUSED MAN'S FATHER: Winston Legere, father of police constable Sherwin Legere, heads to the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court yesterday where Sherwin...
POLICE Constable Sherwin Legere, 37, was yesterday granted $250,000 bail by a Port-of-Spain magistrate before whom he appeared to answer charges of causing the deaths of a Sea Lots woman and her two young daughters, by dangerous driving.
Legere, an officer with 15 years’ service stood before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar who ordered that as a condition of him getting bail, Legere must surrender his passport as well as report to the Freeport Police Station every Thursday.
The accused appeared before Ayers-Caesar in the Eight Court shortly before midday but his attorney was absent. The case was stood down until 1.25 pm when Legere appeared in Courtroom Four A. Dressed in a white shirt and khaki pants Legere of Chaguanas looked straight at the Chief Magistrate as she read out the charges.
According to Ayers-Caesar, on February 24, at the Beetham Highway in Sea Lots, Legere drove motor vehicle PCT 3096 in a manner which was dangerous to the public having no regard to all of the circumstances of the case.
The magistrate read the three other charges which alleged that on the same date and place he drove the said vehicle dangerously on the said highway causing the deaths of Haydee Paul and her daughters Shakira and Akasha.
On the first charge, Legere who was last assigned to the Transport and Telecommunications Branch, pleaded not guilty. The other three charges were laid indictably and he was not called upon to plead.
ASP Charles who laid all charges was absent from yesterday’s hearing and was said to be on duty in Sangre Grande.
On February 24, a car driven by a man, ploughed into a group of six people who at the time were walking along the side of the Beetham Highway. Three persons died while the other three — Ryan Rampersad, Amanda Lalla and Abigail Assing — suffered injuries and were taken to hospital.
Prosecutor Sgt Callister Charles told the court the accused is a member of the TT Police Service. Charles said a State Prosecutor was to be appointed to prosecute. He made no objection to bail being granted.
Attorney Larry Williams, who represented the accused policeman, informed the magistrate his client lives with his parents at Bagna Trace, Chase Village, Chaguanas. Williams said on the day of the incident, Legere was on his way to work.
The accused had no previous conviction or pending matters, the court heard. Williams asked Ayers-Caesar to use Legere’s father Winston Legere, who was present at the hearing, as surety. The magistrate acceded to Williams’ request for bail with a surety, ordering that same be approved by a Clerk of the Peace II. The magistrate adjourned the case to May 22.
Prior to Legere’s appearance in court, media personnel and curious onlookers awaited his arrival outside the courthouse. Legere, Newsday was told, entered the courthouse via the car park entrance on Duke Street, which is normally reserved for magistrates.
At five o’clock yesterday evening, Legere had not yet secured his bail bond and hid his face with a rag as he entered an Amalgamated Security van which transports accused persons to remand prison. As Legere entered the prisons van, other prisoners who were already inside, were hurried out by police officers and placed into another prisoners’ transport vehicle, leaving Legere alone in the van.