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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
In The Estate of JOHN EUSTACE GRANT also
called EUSTACE JOHN GRANT
of Upper Weston in the Parish of
Retired Assistant Management, Married Man,
NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and
other persons having claims against, or an inter-
est in the Estate of the above named deceased
should give notice in writing to MESSRS.
J.D.SELLIER. + CO, 129/131, Abercromby
Street, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, who are Attor-
neys-at-Law for DONNA-MARIE JOHNSON
and DENNIS MICHAEL ADRIAN GURLEY the
Legal Personal Representatives of the estate of
the above named deceased and the persons to
whom a Re-sealing of the Letters of Administra-
tion was issued by the High Court of Justice not
later than the 5th day of May, 2016 after which
date the said DONNA-MARIE JOHNSON and
DENNIS MICHAEL ADRIAN GURLEY, the Le-
gal Personal Representatives of the said de-
ceased, intend to distribute the Estate of the
deceased among the parties entitled thereto
having regard only to the claims of which notice
has been received by the said MESSRS, J.D.
SELLlER + CO.
Dated this 24th of March, 2016.
J.D. Sellier + Co.
DONNA-MAME JOHNSON and DENNIS MI-
CHAEL ADRIAN GURLEY
and to whom a Re-sealing of the Letters of Ad-
ministration of the estate of the above named de-
ceased was issued by the High Court of Justice.
BANGKOK---The dash cam video is jaw-
dropping: On a virtually empty stretch of
highway, a midsize car is seen travelling
in the slow lane. Suddenly, a black Mer-
cedes-Benz zooms into the frame and rear-
ends the car at tremendous speed. Within
a split second, a cloud of smoke and debris
fill the video screen.
What happened next is now well known
in Thailand and the focal point of growing
outrage. The midsize car burst into flames
and the couple inside, both graduate students
in their 30s, died at the scene of the accident.
The Mercedes driver, the son of a wealthy
Thai businessman, survived with minor
injuries and refused both alcohol and drug
tests---and his wishes were respected. Police
say he was driving at an estimated 240 kilo-
metres (150 miles) per hour.
Since the video was widely shared on
social media last week, the fatal March 15
crash has reignited a debate about the
impunity of the rich and well-connected in
Thailand. A similar debate raged in the US
with the case of the Texas teenager who
used an "affluenza" defence in a deadly
The Mercedes driver, Janepob Verraporn,
37, now tops a list of "Bangkok s deadly rich
kids," as one Thai newspaper calls the chil-
dren of privilege who have killed with their
fancy cars. TV talk shows, social media
forums and editorials have chimed in on a
debate that asks whether justice will be
served this time or---if history is any guide---
if Janepob will walk away from the crime
without serving time.
Police have rushed to defend themselves against
criticism for initially mishandling the case and acting
to shield Janepob, whose father owns a luxury car
"The law is the law---whether you are rich or poor
you have to pay for what you ve done," national police
spokesman Songpol Wattanachai said Monday, asking
skeptics to have faith in the police. "Justice will be
served. Just because he is rich doesn t mean he won t
go to jail. I m asking people not to think that way."
Police who initially handled the case in Ayutthaya
province, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of
Bangkok, were quickly sidelined after failing to test
Janepob for alcohol and drug use---and then defending
the blunder. Speaking on TV, a police commander
said the suspect had the right to refuse breath and
blood tests, adding that both police and rescue workers
did not smell any alcohol on Janepob s breath.
Amid public uproar, police filed a charge last week
against Janepob for driving while unfit or intoxicated,
which carries a prison sentence of three to ten years,
said Ayutthaya s deputy police chief, Col Surin Thap-
panbupha. Under Thai law, he said, a refusal to be
tested is tantamount to driving under the influence.
Janepob faces another charge of reckless driving
causing death and property damage, which carries
a maximum of ten years in prison.
The Nation newspaper said in an editorial on Sun-
day that the case had hit a nerve in Thailand because
of "the sense that there is one set of rules for the
rich and influential and another for everyone else."
One of Thailand s most famous untouchables is
an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune. In 2012,
Vorayuth Yoovidhya, a grandson of Red Bull founder
Chaleo Yoovidhya, slammed his Ferrari into a police-
man and dragged the officer s dead body along a
Bangkok street before driving away. Vorayuth, who
was then 27, has yet to be charged.
In that case, police initially attempted to cover up
his involvement by arresting a bogus suspect. (AP)
A black Mercedes lies overturned after it slammed into a Ford Fiesta killing it's two
occupants on a Thai highway on March 13, 2016. The smaller car burst into flames and the
couple inside, both graduate students in their 30s, died at the scene of the accident.
High-speed Mercedes crash ignites uproar in Thailand
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