Man on $250,000 bail over firing gun at estranged wife

- woman tells court she fears for her life

A man who is accused of discharging a loaded firearm at his estranged wife was put on $250,000 bail yesterday when he appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

William Mittleholzer, 41, of 33 D’Urban Street, Werk-en-Rust pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

It is alleged that on March 17 at D’Urban Street, Werk en-Rust, the accused discharged a loaded firearm in the direction of his estranged wife, Shafan Fleming, who was standing in her yard.

However, the virtual complainant (VC) was not injured since the bullet missed her.

The accused allegedly went to collect his car at the same address when a misunderstanding ensued between the parties.

He became angry and drew a firearm which was tucked in his pants waist and discharged a round in the direction of the VC.

A report was made at the Alberttown Police Station and the accused was arrested and charged.

The man’s estranged wife burst into tears as she told the court that he has been molesting her for the past ten months and she is afraid for her life since he said he would kill her.

She also said that she wants him to leave her alone and move on with his life and she wants to do the same. They have a daughter together.

The magistrate granted Mittleholzer bail on condition that that he reports to the police station every Friday at 6 pm and abstains from making any contact with the VC.

As the accused was leaving the courtroom, the VC’s mother, who was there and was very emotional, stated “he is going to kill her.” She also told the man, “the Lord is going to take care of you.”

The matter was transferred to Magistrate Sueann Lovell’s court and will be called again on May 11.

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