A 19-year-old Dutch tourist has denied charges of involuntary homicide after accidentally causing his friend’s death in a jetski accident in St George’s bay at St Julian’s.
Gerrit Van der Veen appeared before magistrate Aaron Bugeja this morning accused of the involuntary homicide of Mart de Ruiter and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Van der Veen pleaded not guilty to the charges. His lawyer Josette Sultana requested bail.
Inspector Leeroy Balzan Engerer, prosecuting, said that the incident was an unfortunate one, but also rendered a serious offence due to the drink driving. He did not oppose bail.
Magistrate Bugeja granted the boy release from custody against a deposit of €5,000 and a personal guarantee of €15,000.
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