A 16-year-old boy who the court heard stabbed another teen to his face with a broken bottle during an argument, was today remanded to the juvenile holding centre for the offense.
The charge against the teen stated that on December 24, 2019 at Four Miles, Port Kaituma, North West District, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Keion Hutson with intent to maim, disfigured, disable or cause grievous bodily harm.
The teenager pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
The matter was heard in-camera and members of the public and the media were asked to exit the courtroom.
According to reports, on the day in question, at around 22:00 hrs, the 16-year-old was walking with a 14-year-old girl when the victim and his friends approached them and asked him why he was talking to his girlfriend.
The victim who is said to be a juvenile, picked up a piece of wood and dealt the 16-year-old several lashes about his body.
The 16-year-old then ran to a nearby shop where he contacted his friend. They both armed themselves with cutlasses and went back to where the victim and his friends were.
Shortly after, a fight ensued and the accused allegedly broke a bottle and stabbed the victim to his face while his friend stabbed the defendant’s friend.
They then made good their escape while the injured juveniles were rushed to the Port Kaituma hospital. The victim was admitted for his injures while his friend was pronounced dead on arrival.
The matter was then reported and the 16-year-old was arrested and charged. His friend has not yet been arrested and is to be charged with murder.
The Magistrate remanded the teen to the juvenile holding centre.