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23.09.2005 Crime & Punishment

Suzzy's lover pleads not guilty to charges

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Accra, Sept. 23, GNA - Edwin Eastman, the boyfriend of late Suzzy Malike Williams, an actress, on Friday appeared before an Accra Circuit Court charged with careless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Eastman, a 25-year-old musician, who was additionally charged with failing to report an accident and negligently causing harm to his girl friend, pleaded not guilty.

The court, however, remanded him to reappear on October 10. The case of prosecuting was that on September 8, this year, at about 1200 mid-night Eastman was driving a Mitsubishi Pajero Junior vehicle with registration number GW 818 W with Suzzy, now deceased, on board.

The prosecution said the vehicle was moving towards Nungua on the La/Teshie dual-carriage way.

On reaching a U-turn to a Shell filling station in front of the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Eastman who had no licence and was driving under the influence of alcohol, lost control over the vehicle.

As a result, the vehicle somersaulted several time and landed in a ditch. Suzzy, who was at the front seat sustained multiple injuries and was rushed to the Lister Medical Services Limited for treatment but passed away the same day.

Prosecution said the accused failed to report the accident to the Police within the stipulated time of 24 hours and went into hiding. Eastman was, however, traced by the police to his residence and apprehended to assist in investigations.

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