Two men, who hired a taxi on the pretext of being passengers and pointed a gun to the driver’s head, stabbing him several times about his body in the furtherance of a robbery, were on Wednesday charged for attempted murder and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Ornest James, 25, of Lot 179 Old Road Eccles, East Bank Demerara and Linden Flavious, 31, a construction worker of Agricola, East Bank Demerara, both appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. The men were not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that on July 11, 2019 at John Fernandes Squatting Area, with intent to commit murder, they unlawfully and maliciously wounded Derick Nelson.
James was represented by Attorney-at-Law Adrian Thompson, who, in a bail application, told the Court that his client is the sole breadwinner for his family.
Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers objected to bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the allegation and the fact that the victim is still hospitalised in a serious condition.
The Prosecutor related to the Court that the incident was captured on CCTV and that the two men charged were positively identified by the victim.
According to the prosecution’s case, on July 11, the victim, who is a taxi driver, was hired by the defendants to be taken to West Ruimveldt Back Road, Georgetown.
The Court heard the men entered the vehicle and during the journey, Flavious held the victim at gunpoint, while James dealt him several stabs about his body with an ice pick, after which they then relieved the victim of an undisclosed sum of cash and his jewellery before making good their escape.
Then victim then crashed his vehicle into a pile of wood and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he remains a patient in a serious condition. The matter was then reported and the two men were arrested and charged. They were both remanded and the case will continue on August 6.