Kumaka bar owner claims self defence in stabbing of man

-gets $400,000 bail release on attempted murder charge

A Kumaka bar owner was yesterday charged with attempting to murder a man who remains hospitalised with life-threatening injuries.

Brenton Charles, 31, of Kumaka, North West District, was granted bail after his attorney told acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus that he acted in self defence after he was attacked by the claimed victim.

The magistrate read the charge to Charles during a hearing in Georgetown.

It is alleged that the accused on January 22nd, at Kumaka Market, unlawfully and maliciously wounded Kenrick Henry with the intent to commit murder.

The accused was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charge.

Police Prosecutor Adduni Inniss objected to bail being granted to Charles, while citing the fact that the victim remains hospitalised with injuries listed as life-threatening. The court heard that the complainant was allegedly stabbed five times about his body by the accused.

Attorney Trenton Lake, however, told the court that when the incident occurred, his client was acting in self defence after being attacked by Henry. He stated further that it was the complainant who showed up at his client’s bar, located at Kumaka Market, and began to behave in an abusive manner. According to the attorney, it was the complainant who began hitting his client, which caused him to retaliate.

Having heard from both the prosecutor and the attorney, Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus later granted the accused $400,000 bail and adjourned the matter until on January 31st.

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