A Chinese supermarket proprietor who allegedly beat a man he accused of stealing money — leaving him paralysed on one side of his body and wheelchair-bound — was today charged with attempted murder.
Twenty-eight-year-old Xinoxi Qu of 1 B Diamond Public Road, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
Xinoxi, who is the owner of the Fresco Supermarket, was not required to plead to the indictable charge with stated that, on April 28, 2019 at Diamond Public Road, East Bank Demerara, with the intent to commit murder, he wounded Sanmoogan Gregory.
The victim was unable to appear in court when the matter was called injuries he sustained which left him wheelchair-bound.
Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield stated that, on the day in question at around 08:30hrs, the victim went to the Fresco Supermarket, the defendant’s supermarket.
The victim reportedly purchased some items which he paid for before leaving the store.
Shorty after, Gregory was said to have been standing on the Diamond Public Road when he was approached from behind by the defendant. Qu allegedly hit Gregory several times about his body with an object, after accusing him of removing a bag of money from his store.
The victim then went to the Grove Police Station where he reported the mater and was later rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre. After that, he was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), where he was admitted for several days.
With no objections raised by the Prosecutor, the defendant was released on $400,000 bail.
Condition of the bail is that he lodge his passport with the court and report every Friday at the Grove Police Station until the hearing and determination of the Preliminary Inquiry (PI). He was instructed to make his next court appearance on May 7, 2019.