Mini bus conductor accused of chopping tout

Information sworn to by Corporal Bacchus alleged that Devon Charles last Saturday (May 20, 2017) at Longden Street, Georgetown, unlawfully and maliciously wounded Leon Hinds with intent to maim disfigure, disable or cause grievous bodily harm to his person.

The accused, who retained the legal representation of Attorney-at-law Paul Fung-A-Fat, denied the charge which was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.

The lawyer related that his client has a fixed place of abode at Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, reportedly having a two year old son stemming from a common-law union. Fung-A-Fat said that the VC attacked his client with a knife causing Charles to retaliate with a cutlass. He made a submission for bail on the grounds that the accused was a first offender, having no previous brushes with the law.

Prosecutor Moore related that the police version of the facts allege that the VC and the accused are both “touts” at the bus park area and are known to each other. The two men reportedly had an argument over a passenger which escalated to a scuffle, resulting in the VC suffering a laceration to the head and injuries to the left hand.

A visibly ailing Hinds appeared in court with his left arm in a cast and stitches to the head, telling the court “the thumb is off…”, as he attempted to explain the severity of the injuries suffered. Moore related that the prosecution’s file is incomplete and the matter was adjourned to June 16, 2017 and transferred to Court Two.

Charles was released on $90,000 bail along with the conditions that he lodges his passport and stay within fifty feet of the VC until the completion of the trial.

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