The trial of former Guyana Defence Force Chief-of-Staff, Gary Best continued on Wednesday, November 04, 2020 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. During the proceedings, the police prosecutor replied to a no case submission made by Best’s, lawyer, Nigel Hughes. The lawyer is contending that the charge against his client for causing the death of former national cyclist, Jude Bentley should be dismissed.
Trial Magistrate Rondel Weever has fixed December 03, 2020 to rule on the no case submission. In the meantime, Best has pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on February 8, 2020, at Clive Lloyd Drive, Greater Georgetown, he drove a motor vehicle, PRR 8182, in a manner dangerous to the public, causing the death of 41-year-old Bentley.
Police have also alleged that on February 8, 2020 Best, a former Presidential Adviser under the David Granger Government, drove the motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level was 85 micrograms, which is above the legal limit. Best was released on $500,000 bail on the causing death charge, and self-bail on the charge for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to reports, Bentley was struck off his cycle at Clive Lloyd Drive in the vicinity of the Russian Embassy turn. Following the accident, investigators conducted a breathalyzer test on Best and he was found to be above the legal alcohol limit. Best is also an executive member of the PNC/R.