A Long Trench resident charged with manslaughter two years ago has been acquitted.
Anthony Cheltenham was found not guilty by a nine-member-jury last Thursday.
His attorneys Valerie Stephens-Gordon and Stacy Abel successfully argued that the incident was nothing more than an ‘unfortunate accident’ when the 53-year-old’s tow truck caused fatal injuries to another man on the day in question.
The accident was caused when the unmanned tow truck began to roll down a slope on which it was parked; killing Phillip Thomas, the unsuspecting victim from Trinidad & Tobago.
The Crown argued that Cheltenham was grossly negligent. They argued that Cheltenham should have not even brought the truck to the site because that tow truck was the ‘wrong type’ to be used for the job he was attempting to do on the day in question.
Cheltenham’s attorneys, however, maintained that their client was not negligent. The argued that he took all necessary precautions such as placing boulders behind the wheels of the truck to prevent it from sliding.
What was alleged
The court heard that Cheltenham who owns a wrecker company, went to a private residence at Fort Hill to have a vehicle towed.
While in the process, the wrecker started to roll downhill into some vegetation. The vehicle that was being towed was subsequently thrust into a nearby home.
Cheltenham, Thomas (the deceased), and the owner of the residence were all injured at varying degrees, as a result. However, Thomas succumbed to his injuries at the hospital later that day. He reportedly sustained a crushed pelvis and had internal bleeding.
Cheltenham was subsequently charged.
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