A minibus driver was yesterday refused bail after being charged with stabbing a rival in a row over a passenger.
Dwayne Darrell, 32, of Lot 320 Craig, East Bank Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the charge of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Shemroy Victor so as to cause him actual bodily harm on October 21 at Georgetown.
He was not required to plead to the charge.
Prosecutor Bharat Mangru at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court said that on October 21, Victor and Darrell were at the ‘Back Road’ bus park while Victor was loading his bus with passengers. He said that an argument started over a passenger, which led to Darrell arming himself with a pair of scissors and stabbing Victor several times about his body.
Mangru added that Victor was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH), where he is still admitted as a patient.
The matter was reported and Darrell was subsequently arrested and charged.
Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat argued that Victor was stabbed in self-defence since his client was attacked first by the virtual complainant.
He made an application for reasonable bail to be granted to his client, whom he said is married and is the father of two minor children.
Mangru objected to bail based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offence and also the fact that Victor is still hospitalised.
Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry refused bail and Darrell was remanded until October 30, when the matter will be called again.