A crying construction worker was today charged and remanded to prison after being accused of attempting to kill his neighbour by chopping him to the neck.

Travis Garrett, 34, of Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on July 24, 2019, at Grove, East Bank Demerara, he wounded Ramchan Chunnilall with the intent to commit murder.

The victim, who was present in court, said, “I would not be proceeding with the matter because his wife is sickly and she has small children to take care of. I would just like you to warn him because he is the breadwinner for his family and he has to take care of his sick wife.”

However, Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman strongly objected to bail being granted to the Garrett on the grounds of the serious nature of the allegation and the penalty the charge attracts.

According to information, on the day in question Garrett and the victim who are neighbours were involved in an argument and Garrett armed himself with a cutlass and dealt the victim and chop to his neck. The injured man was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The matter was then reported, an investigation was carried out, hence the present charge.

Magistrate McGusty after listening to the prosecutor’s facts remanded the father of three to prison until August 5 when he will appear before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.


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