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Teen on manslaughter charge granted bail

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 4:36 PM    

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ST ANN, Jamaica -- A teenager facing manslaughter charges following the death of a 53-year-old woman in St Ann, on January 11, was offered bail when he appeared in the St Ann’s Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Eighteen-year-old Ryan Jackson was offered bail in the sum of $450,000. As a condition of his bail, Jackson will have to report to the Watt Town Police Station three times weekly.

The matter will again be brought before the court on April 16.

Reports are that on Saturday, January 11, Jackson drove away a Mitsubishi Pajero SUV from a car wash where he worked near White River, Ocho Rios, without the consent of the vehicle owner or business operators. He then lost control of the vehicle reportedly slamming into a Nissan van heading in the opposite direction.

Joy Reid, who was a passenger in the van, died from injuries sustained in the crash. Her common-law-husband was hospitalised in serious but stable condition.

It was revealed that Jackson does not have a driver’s licence and that the vehicle he was driving belonged to an employee at a nearby hotel.

The owner had left the vehicle at the facility to be washed and was expected to return Saturday night for pick up.

Renae Dixon

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