By Makeida Antonio
The management of a local car rental company must submit more information to the High Court so that a judgment can be rendered on a three-year dispute.
Budget Car Rental Assistant General Manager Terry Roberts spoke yesterday where he claimed two men, Kyle Thomas and Cody Thomas, allegedly caused damage to a vehicle they rented in May 2018. Roberts also said alleged that the damage to the vehicle included an oil leak and abnormal noise in the engine when the vehicle is turned on.
Additionally, Roberts said he believed the damage was caused by reckless driving as he allegedly caught the two speeding up in the rental at Bendals.
However, Judge Ann-Marie Smith told Roberts the speeding tickets would not cause the type of damage he claimed happened to the vehicle over three years ago. Roberts said the mechanic discovered these issues after recovering the defendants’ vehicle.
When Justice Smith asked Roberts for an estimate to cover the cost of repairs to the vehicle in question, he did not have one to submit to the court.
Defense attorney Leon Chaku Symister, who represented the two defendants, then asked if the mechanic diagnosed the damage to the vehicle, but Roberts said the mechanic advised him to wait until the trial was over.
Symister argued that the information submitted to the court was not substantial to make an informed decision and Justice Smith agreed with the defense.
Justice Smith then ordered Roberts to obtain an estimate of the cost of the repairs so that it could be entered into evidence before a judgment could be rendered.
The case was adjourned until January 25, 2022.