Reckless driver allowed bail

A school driver who was arrested last week over a hit-and-run accident that caused the death of a student in Port Moresby was allowed bail at K1000 yesterday by the Waigani District Court.

Allen Alex of Korobosea village, NCD went to court on Friday before magistrate Cosmas Bidar.

He was arrested on Oct 5 and charged with dangerous driving causing death after he surrendered himself to police in fear of his life.

Alex was driving a Toyota Coaster Bus along the Sir Hubert Murray Highway on Oct 5 when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a Grade 10 student, Ann Murray Makis opposite SVS 2-mile.

The deceased was walking along the Murray Barracks side of the road when she was hit by the bus and died instantly.

The bus belongs to the Don Bosco Technical Secondary school at Gabutu.

She was a student of the Caritas Secondary school and was returning home after school when she was run over by the bus.

Appearing in court from custody at Bomana, Alex asked the court for bail which Prosecution objected saying the charge was serious, however, bail was allowed by the court. He remains in custody until the bail amount is paid.

Magistrate Bidar said the cause of the accident is now a matter for police to conduct investigation on.

Alex is expected back in court next month.

(Pictured above are flowers and a card where the late Ann Murray Makis was hit. Photographs by Kennedy Bani.)


Sally Pokiton