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‘Remo said we should have died’: they allege, he denies

Helen’s sister Loytina, who was with her, has alleged the singer was beside his son in the passenger seat.

 helen d'souza,remo fernandes, singer remo fernandes, remo accident, helen d'souza accident Helen D’Souza and her sister Loytina. Harsha Raj Gatty

It has been nearly a month since Helen D’Souza, 17, was hit by a vehicle allegedly driven by Jonah Fernandes, son of singer Remo Fernandes, on their way to old Goa’s St Francis Church. Since then, the family and their lawyer have accused Remo of verbal abuse, which he has denied.

Helen’s sister Loytina, who was with her, has alleged the singer was beside his son in the passenger seat. “We were nearing the church when Jonah’s car hit Helen, injuring her left leg and head,” Loytina said. “But neither of the two helped us. It was some passersby and the police who summoned an ambulance that took Helen to Goa Medical College.”

She said Remo visited the hospital three days after the accident and she requested him to bear the treatment cost and compensate the family for the accident. She alleged he offered only Rs 5,000 which the family turned down. “He later raised the offer to Rs 50,000 but we refused again. He then called me near the balcony and said we should have died in the accident,” she alleged. “He then challenged us to go and fight our case in court for more compensation.”

Helen’s lawyer Aires Rodrigues said the singer behaved in “an insensitive manner” after the accident and in an “outrageous”way with the sisters at the hospital. Besides a case of rash and negligent driving registered against Jonah at Mapusa police station, Rodrigues has filed a separate complaint against Remo Fernandes for verbally abusing Helen and Loytina at the hospital.

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Remo is abroad until January 8. When The Indian Express contacted him by email, he wrote back that the allegations against him had been fabricated to malign him and he “reserves the right to initiate both civil and criminal proceedings against all individuals involved in these fabrications, and specifically against Mr Aires Rodrigues, for the material alleged against me and my son”.

On Wednesday, the Goa police had issued a lookout notice against the singer after he failed to appear despite being summoned twice. Later, said inspector Jivba G Dalvi of Agacaim police station, “we received a communication from Remo’s lawyer that he is in Europe till January 8 and will be available for questioning after that.”

Doctors said Helen may have to be kept under further observation for at least one more week.

First published on: 28-12-2015 at 12:39:22 am
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