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Biker in Westmoreland cop's death charged with manslaughter, facing other charges

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Twenty-three-year-old Roneil Murray who is charged with manslaughter following the death of Constable Curtis Lewis along the Bowen main road near Sheffield, Westmoreland on Monday has been remanded until July 27.

Murray appeared before the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate's Court On Tuesday.

He is also facing ten breaches of the Road Traffic Act.

The court was told that the deceased along with Constable Junior Chin were on spot check duties when a yellow and white Suzuki motor bike ridden by Murray and a pillion was signalled to stop.  

The rider reportedly increased his speed, hitting Contable Lewis, then lost control of the bike which crashed into an embankment. 

Both the rider and pillion ran from the scene.

Constable Lewis, whose right leg was completely severed from the knee, was rushed to the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital where he later died. 

His severed leg was later found some 90 meters from the point of impact.

When the area was searched, Murray was found hiding with injuries to his shoulder, both arms and back.

Murray is also charged with having no insurance for the motorcycle, no fitness, wearing no helmet, no rear view mirror, No Registration Plate, Unlicenced motor bike; Operating Contrary to the terms of his Driver's Licence; Failing to stop at an accident and Conveying a Pillion.

Despite an  impassioned bail application by attorney-at-law Chumu Paris on the grounds that Murray needed 24-hour medical care, RM Sheron Barnes denied him bail.

RM Barnes also ordered the police to ensure that Murray gets the medical attention he needs while in custody.

The matter will again be before the court on July 27.