Vendor stabbed rival after losing customer -court hears

Stabroek Market vendor Stacy Mansfield, annoyed at a competing vendor for luring one of his customers away, stabbed him in the neck with a pair of scissors, police say.

But Mansfield, 33, of BB d’Urban Street, Wortmanville, pleaded not guilty to the charge of unlawful wounding read to him at the Georgetown Magistrate Court yesterday.

It was alleged that on October 14, at Georgetown, Mansfield unlawfully and maliciously wounded Hussain Murray.

Prosecutor Seon Blackman said that while both men were working at the market, Murray called away Mansfield’s customer, which led to Mansfield getting annoyed. Mansfield subsequently picked up a pair of scissors and stabbed Murray to his neck.

Blackman objected to bail based on the nature of the offence. He also thought that since Mansfield and Murray operate stalls at Stabroek Market, it was unsafe for the accused to be around the complainant.

Attorney Paul Braam, who represented Mansfield, argued that there was no medical to prove and justify Murray’s claim.

He made an application for reasonable bail to be granted, telling the court that his client is not a flight risk. He said Mansfield is a father of three children and had never been in conflict with the law before.

Magistrate Faith McGusty subsequently set bail at $75,000 with the condition that Mansfield reports to the Brickdam Police Station on Mondays and Fridays, pending the outcome of the matter.

The case was adjourned until November 5.

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