French national wanted in hit-and-run case held in Mumbai

  • Jayprakash S Naidu, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2016 01:22 IST

A 44-year-old French national who was on the run for nearly a year after killing a senior citizen in an accident in Goa has been arrested in Mumbai on Friday. The accused had fled the country but was caught after he came back to India for unknown reasons. The immigration officials detained him at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport based on a look out circular (LOC) issued by the Goa police .

The accused Jerome Serge Frederic was wanted in an accident case from last year. “On April 27 last year around 6.45pm, Frederic legally driving a rented Duke motorbike had rammed into 60-year-old Satyavati Bagkar in Mandrem in Pernem Taluka. She died later from head injuries,” said senior inspector Sanjay Dalvi of Pernem police.

Fredric was arrested by Pernem police for causing death due to negligence and a charge sheet was filed against him. Soon after his arrest, he was granted bail. His passport was attached. He gave an application in court for the release of his passport and after receiving it through a court order he fled the country without informing court, which was a violation of the terms.

On June 30 last year, an LOC was issued by the Goa police. He was detained by immigration officials after arriving here on Friday by a Jet Airways flight 9W231 from Amsterdam. The Goa police took him back on Saturday. Mr Fredric told the police that he had returned to “clear his name” but the police said they don’t believe him.

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