Minibus tout remanded on wounding charge

Magistrate Judy Latchman yesterday remanded a minibus tout to prison when he appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer the charge of unlawful and malicious wounding.

The matter was called before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry who read the charge to the accused Dwight Leila and subsequently transferred the matter to Magistrate Latchman’s Court.

Leila is accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Geewan Lall on March 8. It is alleged that on the day of the incident, Lall was sitting on a concrete post on Croal Street when the accused, a tout at the Kitty minibus park, told him that he was blocking a bus door.

An argument ensued between the two and Lall allegedly struck Leila on his head. According to the prosecution, Lall then armed himself with a piece of wood while the accused, who was armed with a knife, stabbed him to his abdomen.

Leila then tried to escape but was apprehended by public-spirited citizens. He was later arrested and charged.

The prosecution stated also that Lall was hospitalised after the incident and could not attend court yesterday since he had to go back for a medical check-up.  The accused is scheduled to return to court on April 20.

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