HEAD of the Neurological Surgery Department at the Port of Spain General Hospital, Dr Shastri Sookhai, was yesterday granted $10,000 bail when he appeared before a Port of Spain magistrate charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Sookhai appeared before Magistrate Marissa Gomez in the Sixth Magistrates’ Court charged with “attempting to alter the concentration of alcohol” on his breath after being stopped by police during a road traffic exercise along Wrightson Road, Port of Spain on Saturday night.
Sookhai, who was represented by attorney Larry Lalla, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The facts of the case against him were not read out in court. Following the not guilty plea, Magistrate Gomez proceeded to grant fresh bail in the sum of $10,000. When Sookhai returns to court on September 22, the State is expected to disclose to him the evidence that will be relied on during the summary trial.
Also appearing before Gomez for driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend were Brian Bernard, Ryan Singh, Carol St Rose, Alex James, Lexis Salandy, William Crawford and Victor Sooknarine.
All the accused with the exception of Singh pleaded guilty to the offences and will reappear in court on October 14, when the facts in the matter will be read before sentence is passed