Bus driver allegedly strikes passenger with lug spanner over fare

Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry granted $40,000 bail to a minibus driver accused of hitting his passenger with a lug spanner to her head, when he yesterday appeared in court.

The Georgetown Magistrates’ Court heard that on October 5, 38-year-old Marcel Beaton, of Lot 543 Good Hope, assaulted Ulanda Thomas so as to cause her actual bodily harm. The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

In presenting the facts, Prosecutor Lionel Harvey told the court that on the said day at about 5 pm, Thomas and her children boarded a minibus operated by the accused.

As the bus neared the Stabroek Market, the virtual complainant (VC) gave the driver $120, to which he objected.

Beaton became annoyed and allegedly picked up the spanner and dealt the VC a blow to her head. The prosecutor said that Thomas had been treated and obtained a medical certificate.

He did not object to bail but asked that it be granted at a substantial sum.

Beaton was ordered to appear in Court Six on October 31.

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