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Man charged with six counts of manslaughter remanded

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 7:18 PM
A policeman surveys the damage to the Suzuki Vitara in which eight people were travelling on September 1 when it plunged into the Rio Cobre.

The man charged with manslaughter in relation to the deaths of six people who perished in an accident at the Flat Bridge, in St Catherine, has been remanded until September 1.

The man, El Frego Slew, appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court this morning in relation to the incident in which the vehicle he was driving ran off the Flat Bridge and plunged into the Rio Cobre.

Slew was told he needed to get a lawyer when he appeared before Parish Judge Grace Henry-McKenzie.

Slew has been charged with manslaughter in relation to the deaths of Stephen Ricketts, Benjamin Ellis, Shaveon Ricketts, Shujay Ricketts, Shantel Morris and Oneil Robinson.

He is also charged for not having a driver’s license and insurance coverage.

The 27-year-old, who is of Dam Head, St Catherine, was originally thought to have been a passenger who drowned in the accident.

However, an investigation by the St Catherine North Traffic Department led to the discovery that he was alive and was the driver.

He subsequently turned in himself to the police and later charged.