Driver in court for cyclists’ deaths

A lo­cal ac­tor has ap­peared in court over an ac­ci­dent which claimed the lives of chef Joe Brown and fel­low British ex­pat Joan­na Banks, last year.

Ju­nior McIn­tyre, 31, of Cameron Road, Pe­tit Val­ley, was charged with caus­ing the duo’s death by dan­ger­ous dri­ving and dri­ving in a man­ner which was dan­ger­ous to the pub­lic when he ap­peared be­fore Se­nior Mag­is­trate Cher­ril-Anne An­toine in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court, on Mon­day.

There was a mi­nor mix-up at the start of the hear­ing with An­toine on­ly read­ing the mi­nor charge to McIn­tyre, tak­ing his not guilty plea and ad­journ­ing his case to Sep­tem­ber 4.

Sev­er­al hours lat­er, McIn­tyre reap­peared be­fore An­toine for the two oth­er more se­ri­ous charges.

Dur­ing both hear­ings, po­lice pros­e­cu­tors did not chal­lenge the $200,000 in bail that McIn­tyre was grant­ed by a Jus­tice of the Peace af­ter he was charged.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, on No­vem­ber 10, last year, Brown, 63, of Jaf­fa at the Oval, and 40-year-old Banks, a man­ag­er at BPTT, were rid­ing with a dozen of their friends from the Slip­stream Cy­cling Club when a ve­hi­cle col­lid­ed with the group along the east­bound lane of the Beetham High­way, in the vicin­i­ty of the Beetham Land­fill.

Banks died on the scene and Brown suc­cumbed to his in­juries at the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex in Mt Hope.

Gy­nae­col­o­gist Dr Ajit Ku­ruvil­la and Ade­line Per­reira were in­jured in the crash but sur­vived.

McIn­tyre was ques­tioned by po­lice and re­leased be­fore war­rants and sum­mons were is­sued for him at the end of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, last week.

McIn­tyre starred in the 2014 in­de­pen­dent film — Wel­come to War­lock: The Land of the Law­less.

He is be­ing rep­re­sent­ed by Lar­ry Williams and Melis­sa Bood­hai.

Reporter: Derek Achong