Four men slapped with assault charges over two incidents

Four men were granted bail in different sums yesterday when they appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty in two separate cases involving assault.

Shawn Patrick, 40, of 92 Railway Line, Den Amstel and Tedwin Allen, 43, of 76 South Vryheid’s Lust, were charged with assaulting each other causing actual bodily harm. Patrick was also charged with assaulting his common-law wife. Both Patrick and Allen denied the charges.

It is the police’s case that Patrick assaulted Beverly Thornhill on March 12, at Regent and Hinck streets. The police also alleged that on the same date and at the same place, Patrick assaulted Allen.

The police further alleged that Allen assaulted Patrick at the same place on the day in question.

Magistrate Faith McGusty subsequently placed Patrick on $40,000 bail: $20,000 per charge; while Allen was placed on $20,000 bail over his charge.

The case will be called again on April 9.

Meanwhile minibus conductors Collin Joseph and Seon Yamster were charged also with assaulting each other and pleaded not guilty.

It is alleged that on February 16, Joseph, 24, unlawfully and maliciously wounded Yamster, 28. It was also alleged that Yamster on the same day, assaulted Joseph.

Joseph’s lawyer, Paul Fung-a-Fat, told the court that the men, who are minibus conductors, had a scuffle. Fung-a-Fat said his client was slapped first and that started the scuffle.

After ruling that neither party appeared to be in any discomfort, Magistrate McGusty placed Joseph on $50,000 bail and Yamster on $15,000.

Their case was also adjourned until April 9.

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