Three remanded over wounding after court hears of victim’s likely disfigurement

Three men were remanded to prison on Monday on a wounding charge after a court heard that the young victim may be left disfigured.

Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan read the charge to Luncheon Felix, 42, Riley John, 22, and Calvin Scott, 27, who are alleged to have unlawfully and maliciously wounded Earnest Fredericks on March 31, at Mowasi Backdam, Mahdia, with intent to maim, disfigure or cause bodily harm.

A not guilty plea was entered by the three men.

According to the prosecution, all four men are friends. However, on March 31, they were drinking and got into an argument. Fredericks was later beaten and suffered several injuries about his body, including a punctured muscle and an injury to his back that is likely to cause disfigurement.

The prosecutor objected to bail being granted as he noted the complainant’s condition. He said Fredericks was unable to stand in court and had to be assisted by someone else. It was also argued that if the defendants were to be granted bail, they may impede the investigation. Bail was later denied by the Chief Magistrate, who transferred the case to the Mahdia Magistrate’s Court, where it is to be called on April 19.

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