A local actor has appeared in court over an accident which claimed the lives of chef Joe Brown and fellow British expat Joanna Banks, last year.
Junior McIntyre, 31, of Cameron Road, Petit Valley, was charged with causing the duo’s death by dangerous driving and driving in a manner which was dangerous to the public when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court, on Monday.
There was a minor mix-up at the start of the hearing with Antoine only reading the minor charge to McIntyre, taking his not guilty plea and adjourning his case to September 4.
Several hours later, McIntyre reappeared before Antoine for the two other more serious charges.
During both hearings, police prosecutors did not challenge the $200,000 in bail that McIntyre was granted by a Justice of the Peace after he was charged.
According to reports, on November 10, last year, Brown, 63, of Jaffa at the Oval, and 40-year-old Banks, a manager at BPTT, were riding with a dozen of their friends from the Slipstream Cycling Club when a vehicle collided with the group along the eastbound lane of the Beetham Highway, in the vicinity of the Beetham Landfill.
Banks died on the scene and Brown succumbed to his injuries at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.
Gynaecologist Dr Ajit Kuruvilla and Adeline Perreira were injured in the crash but survived.
McIntyre was questioned by police and released before warrants and summons were issued for him at the end of the investigation, last week.
McIntyre starred in the 2014 independent film — Welcome to Warlock: The Land of the Lawless.
He is being represented by Larry Williams and Melissa Boodhai.
Reporter: Derek Achong