05/28/2015 05:09 EDT | Updated 05/28/2016 05:59 EDT

Canadian man to face trial in boy's drowning in St. Lucia

A Canadian man accused in the drowning of a four-year-old boy in St. Lucia will have to face trial in the island country.

A friend of Sahab Jamshidi who is with him in St. Lucia says the Hamilton man's bid to have the charge dismissed was rejected by the judge this afternoon.

Jamshidi is charged with causing death by gross negligence or recklessness in the drowning of Terrel Joshua Elibox, who drowned in the sea on Feb. 22.

The Royal St. Lucia Police Force says the charge carries a possible sentence of life in prison.

Police say they were told the child fell into the sea after getting a ride from a kitesurfer.

Jamshidi's supporters maintain he was trying to help the child after seeing him struggle in the water.