Fifty-three-year-old Daniel Melbourne was on Friday slapped with six charges over the death of 50-year-old Reonol Williams and was remanded to prison.
Melbourne of Lot 53 Middle Street, Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was hauled before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.
He was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failure to report an accident, failure to render assistance after an accident, failure to produce a vehicle for examination, giving false information to the police, and attempting to obstruct the course of justice.
The murder accused was represented by Patrice Henry, and the matter was adjourned to July 2022.
On May 23, Williams, a construction worker of Enmore, ECD, was struck down by motor vehicle PAB 2552 while exiting a taxi.
After the accident, a witness said the driver of the vehicle offered to take the victim to the hospital for medical treatment but did not.
Initially, Melbourne was arrested and told investigators that he was in the Interior when the accident occurred, and his cousin, he only referred to as “Boy,” stole his car from his yard. He was later released.
Williams’ family started to search for him, and after the story gained media traction, the Major Crimes Unit stepped in and, within hours, re-arrested Melbourne.
He then led investigators to a body at Coldingen, ECD, and while it is suspected that it might be that of Williams, a DNA sample was sent overseas to confirm it was the construction worker.