A teenager, who allegedly stabbed a man who owed him money, was moments ago charged for the offence.

Eighteen-year-old Denzil Chance of Bartica appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts.

He denied the charge which stated that on November 12, 2019, at Quartz Stone Backdam, Cuyuni River, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Trevor Semple with intent to maim, disfigured, disable or caused him grievous bodily harm.

Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield stated that the men are known to each other.

The court heard the victim contacted Chance and asked him to build a shop with the agreement of him receiving his payment at a later date.

Mansfield told the court that after some time elapsed, Chance made contact with the victim and asked that he pay him for his service.

The court heard the victim refused to pay and the men got into an argument which resulted in Chance pulling out a knife from his waist and stabbing the victim once to his abdomen.

The injured man was then picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was treated for his injuries and discharged this morning.

However, Chance in addressing the court stated, “This is totally not my fault because this man attacked me first. He had a scissors and I had a knife so when we start scramble the knife bore him. He wrong and the witnesses will tell you.”

While the court prosecutor did not object to bail being granted to the defendant, he asked that it be in a substantial amount.

The Chief Magistrate, after listening to facts, released Chance on $70,000 bail.

Conditions of the bail are that he stays 50 feet away from the victim and not to make or cause anyone to make contact with the victim.

Chance was also instructed to report to the Bartica Police Station until the hearing and determination of the trial.

The accused was instructed to make his next court appearance on November 29.


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