27th May 07:55 PM
Dog owner and driver charged for fatal Navua accident granted bail
By Semi Turaga
Friday 24/03/2017
Shamal Chand and Ravi Chand

The dog owner and driver charged for their alleged involvement in a road accident which led to the death of a 12-year-old boy have been granted bail by the Suva Magistrates Court.

33-year-old Shamal Chand is charged for reckless or negligent acts under the Crimes Decree for allegedly failing to confine his dog which contributed to the death of a 12 year old boy last Sunday in Navua.

He is also charged for not having a proper dog license.

66-year-old driver Ravi Chand who is alleged to have hit the 12-year-old boy has been charged with dangerous driving causing death.

The lawyer for the two accused persons applied for bail and the prosecution did not have any objections.

The dog owner, Shamal Chand was released on a bail bond of $300 while the driver, Ravi Chand was released on a bail bond of $1,000.

They have both surrendered their passports and have been ordered to report to the Navua Police Station on the last Saturday of every month.

The matter will be called at the Navua Magistrates Court on the 19th of April.

The 12-year-old boy of Tokotoko Navua passed away in the tragic accident in Navua Town on Sunday.

According to police, the boy was riding his bicycle towards Navua Town when a dog ran after him and in the process he swerved onto the road and collided with a vehicle.

Police say the driver also tried to swerve but could not avoid coming into contact with the boy who was being chased by the dog.

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