“ I had to defend myself with the cutlass because he owed me money and when I asked for my money he pelt me with a beer bottle,” were the words of a man charged with unlawful wounding.
Thirty-four-year-old Romel David, a miner of Arakaka, North West, District, appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
It is alleged that on November 6, 2019, at Five Miles, Arakaka, North West, Magisterial District, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Manuel Carlos with intent to maim, disfigured, disable or cause grievous bodily harm.
An unrepresented David pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was read to him.
In his explanation to the court, he stated that the victim owed him money and when he confronted him, they had a scuffle. He added that he picked up a cutlass and defended himself from the victim. David further went on to tell the court that he served one year in prison after being found guilty of wounding a man in 2006.
Police Prosecutor, Quinn Harris did not object to bail being granted to the defendant citing that the victim was released from hospital.
Hence, the Magistrate released David on $75,000 bail. Condition of the bail is that he stays 100 feet away from the victim and report to the Arakaka Police Station once a month until the hearing and determination of the trial. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on February 3, 2020 at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court.