West Ruimveldt man battered girlfriend with hammer

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A West Ruimveldt man was on Monday remanded to prison after he was charged with battering his girlfriend with a hammer and shooting at a man.

Marlon Dominic, 47, of 73 West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, was read three charges when he appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman in Georgetown.

It was alleged that on July 6th, 2018, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Samantha Riley.

It was also alleged that on the same day, he discharged a loaded firearm at Uron Medouze with intent to maim, disable or cause grievous bodily harm. Additionally, Dominic was charged with being in possession of a 9 mm spent shell without being the holder of a firearm licence at the time.

Dominic denied all three charges.

According to prosecutor Quinn Harris, during the course of their relationship, Dominic has physically and verbally abused Riley. On the day in question, he said, they had a misunderstanding and he picked up a hammer and dealt the woman a lash to her nose and also cuffed her.

The court also heard that on the same day Medouze was fired upon while staying at a friend’s house for the night. While he was sleeping in a hammock, he was awakened by a rambling sound. He then proceeded to see what was going on and was allegedly confronted by Dominic, who was armed with a handgun. While Medouze was reportedly instructed not to move, he ran away as several shots were fired in his direction. He managed to escape into some bushes and later made a report to the police. As a result, Dominic was contacted and a search was conducted on his premises, where the spent shell was found. As a result, he was arrested.

Harris objected to the accused being granted bail, while citing the seriousness and prevalence of the offences.

Subsequently Magistrate Latchman remanded the accused to prison and adjourned the proceedings until July 30th.

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