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Driver tells court of faulty headlights

A Nausori taxi driver facing a manslaughter charge told the Suva High Court yester­day that he continued driving his car when the headlights went off. Subramani Goundar is charged in
25 Jan 2018 11:01
Driver tells court of faulty headlights

A Nausori taxi driver facing a manslaughter charge told the Suva High Court yester­day that he continued driving his car when the headlights went off.

Subramani Goundar is charged in connection with the death of a 35-year-old man on April 29, 2016.

He is also charged with failure to supply sufficient breath sample for a breathalyser test.

While giving evidence before Judge Justice Salesi Temo, Goundar said that on the early hours of April 29, 2016 he was driving home along the Vuci South Road, Nausori, when his car lights went off. The road is not tar-sealed.

The court heard that since his taxi was old, the lights often went off be­cause of the impact caused by the pot holes.

The court heard that after his car lights went off the accused contin­ued driving, claiming the road was visible due to light reflecting onto the road from nearby houses.

He said he drove at a speed of five to 10 kilometres per hour, adding that if he was unable to see the road then he would have driven into the drains which were on either sides of the flat road.

Goundar testified that he did not see any cars behind him while driv­ing and that he felt something hit the right side of his windscreen.

After the incident the accused said he slowed down his car and checked on both sides. He then continued driving because he could not find anything.

About 30 metres from his house, the accused said that his car lights came back on.

After pulling up at his driveway, he said he noticed a crack on the windscreen and that was when he realised that something must have hit his car.

Goundar told Justice Temo that while he was inspecting his car, a Police vehicle pulled up by his drive­way and a police officer approached him asking if he was drunk.

He said the officer insisted that they go to the Nausori Police Station for a breathalyser test to which he agreed.

He said the officer drove his taxi to the station while he sat on the pas­senger seat.

Upon their arrival at the station, the officer gave Goundar his car key and told him to remove his taxi me­ter and radio and other belongings he wished to remove from his vehi­cle.

Goundar said he did the breatha­lyser test three times and was kept in a cell until he was interviewed the following afternoon at around 3pm.

Goundar said he was not feeling well before the interview. He said he was not driving in a reckless man­ner.

The trial continues today.

The accused is on bail.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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