Manslaughter case set for mention next Thursday
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:An August 2011 vehicular manslaughter case involving a Dutch national has been set for mention on June 28 to allow time for three police statements to be placed on the case file.
Joseph Hochstenbach is charged before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court with manslaughter after he was reportedly involved in a vehicular collision that claimed the life of the deceased man.
Hochstenbach was not in court when the case was called up on Tuesday as he had been allowed leeway by the court to travel until he should be summoned again.
The prosecution revealed that the accident reconstruction report and the post-mortem report are now on file.
However, the investigating officer admitted that three statements from police personnel were still outstanding, and he had been having difficulty getting one of them.
"The matter will be mentioned on June 28 if that is convenient to you," Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small addressed Hochstenbach's defence lawyer Martyn Thomas.
"The warrant is further stayed for Hochstenbach, and the officer is bound over for the statements. Sort out that statement that you're supposed to have already."
Allegations are that on August 19, 2011, a truck was travelling along the Montpelier main road in St James. It is said that on reaching the Montpelier and Cambridge roads intersection, the driver saw Hochstenback's car drive on to the road.
The truck driver applied his brakes, but he slammed into the defendant's car which, in turn, hit a man standing by the roadside. The injured man was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he died.