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Driver in deadly St Ann bus crash offered $10 million bail

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 9:45 PM
A wrecked Toyota minibus after the fatal crash along the Laughlands Main Road in St Ann.

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

Rohan Robinson, the conductor who was driving the bus that crashed on the Laughlands Main Road in St Ann last Friday killing five people has been offered bail in the sum of $10 million, with one to five sureties.

Robinson, of Galina, St Mary appeared at the night session of the St Ann's Bay parish court on Wednesday on five counts of manslaughter and other charges where a judge imposed stringent bail conditions.

A stop order is to be placed on him and he is to surrender his passport.

A curfew order has also been made for him to be home between 8 p.m and 6 a.m daily and Robinson is not to visit the parish of St Ann other than to attend court or consult with his lawyer, Ernest Smith.

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In addition, he is not to communicate with witnesses or potential witnesses for the prosecution.

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Smith said the tough bail conditions were designed to also protect his client.

"One of the consideration was that persons, he (the Judge) was advised, made certain remarks with regard to the safety of the accused and as a consequence of that the stringent conditions of his bail were designed primarily for his own protection," Smith told The Gleaner.

Robinson will return to court July 5 when the matter will again be mentioned, Smith said.

Meanwhile, the police have released the name of the fifth victim of the crash, who was remained unidentified up to Tuesday.

He is Dorian Taylor, a 30-year-old security guard of Mount Edgecombe in Runaway Bay, St Ann.

Four other persons who died in the crash were identified on the day of the accident.

They are: 43-year-old school principal Kareen Johnson, security officer Odain Latty, Kevin Minto, and Charles Anthony Jones, the designated driver.