Do-gooder charged with chopping woman

A self-proclaimed do-gooder was yesterday placed on $10,000 bail after a city court heard that he allegedly chopped a woman.

Leroy Johnson, 57, of Nismes, West Bank Demerara denied that he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Shonette Smith on February 6, at Holmes Street.

The defendant told the court that he shared a long relationship with Smith as a workmate and he often helped her. He said that Smith had told him of certain plans she was making, which he felt were illegal and he reprimanded her and further threatened to take her story to the media, which aggravated her.

Johnson said the complainant then made a report against him, but the police told her that they could not do anything about it, which resulted in her angrily pelting bottles at him. “She had a bottle in she hand and I just try fuh take away the bottle and she hand get cut and then she say how I chop she,” Johnson stated.

After listening to the defendant’s explanation, Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry set bail at $10,000. The matter was adjourned to February 19 and will be called in Court 11.

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