A teenager who tried to kill a bus driver during an argument over $100 was this morning committed to stand trial at the Demerara High Court.

Erwin Smith, 19, is accused of stabbing a bus driver to the neck last year. This was after the man reportedly refused to take him home for free.

Smith was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on July 30, 2018, at Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown, with intent to commit murder, he caused grievous bodily harm to James Abrams.

A preliminary inquiry was conducted before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

The Magistrate in ruling told the court that, after going through the evidence led by the prosecution, she was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Smith indeed committed the offence.

Hence, she committed him to stand trial before a judge and jury at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes.

However, she granted him $200,000 bail pending the hearing and determination of the trial.

Conditions of the bail is that he reports every Monday to the Brickdam Police Station.

According to information, on the day in question, Smith asked the bus driver to take him home because he had no money. However, the driver refused.

Smith then asked the man for $100 to go home and again, the man refused.

As a result, Smith and Abrams had an argument during which he allegedly pulled out a pair of scissors and stabbed Abrams to the neck.

The injured bus driver was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was treated.


The matter was then reported, hence Smith was arrested and charged


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here