Days after a man allegedly set his girlfriend afire after an argument, he was today remanded to prison for the crime.

Twenty-five-year-old Wazim  Perreira of Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was not required to plead to the indictable charge,  which stated that on September 9, 2019, at Sophia, with intent to commit murder, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded the woman.

The unrepresented man appeared before  Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts.

The matter was heard in-camera and members of the public and the media were asked to leave the courtroom.

According to information, around 13:00 hrs on the day in question, the defendant visited the woman and requested to talk to her. It was reported that the woman denied and Perreira went away.

However, he returned shortly after with a container containing gasoline which he threw on the woman.

The victim’s screams brought the neighbours running to her rescue. They were able to apprehend the defendant who was trying to escape.

The matter was then reported and following an investigation, Perreira was arrested and charged for the offence.

The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted to Perreira on the grounds of the serious nature of the allegation and the penalty the charge attracts.

The Prosecutor also highlighted the fact that the woman is still hospitalized at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), and is currently being treated for second degree burns to her face, chest, abdomen and back.

Perreira was remanded to prison until September 25.


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