Attempted murder accused committed to stand trial in High Court
Twenty-two-year-old attempted murder accused, Preston Skeete of South Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, has been committed to stand trial in the High Court.
On Thursday, Magistrate Wanda Fortune ruled that there was sufficient evidence against him for the matter to be tried in the court, a week after he was called to lead his own defence.
The charge against the accused stated that he wounded twenty-five-year-old Kevin Valladores, a labourer of Central Amelia’s Ward on September 6, 2018, with intent to murder him.
It was reported that Valladores was at a shop at the location imbibing along with Skeete and others when an argument broke out between them.
The accused is alleged to have choked the victim before pulling out a knife and slitting his throat after which he made good his escape.
Following the incident, Valladores reportedly placed a rag to the wound and ran towards Wismar. He was reportedly picked up by a motorcar but exited the vehicle while at the Mackenzie/Wismar Bridge waiting for the green light.
Valladores reportedly then ran in the direction of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) holding on to his throat. He was reportedly then placed into another car by public-spirited citizens and rushed to the medical facility where he was admitted and treated.
The injury resulted in him having to receive several stitches. The accused, who went into hiding, was later apprehended by Police and charged with the crime.
However, when the case was called last week, the accused chose to give an unsworn statement from the court’s dock where he noted that the VC had threatened to shoot him and he was trying to defend himself.
Skeete is presently serving a four-year prison sentence for two counts of larceny for another case which he was sentenced for last month.