Man granted bail for stabbing woman during drinking spree
A 48-year-old father of eight was granted $150,000 bail on Monday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on a malicious wounding charge.
Hillary George, of Port Kaituma, North West, Region One (Barima-Waini) stood before acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus to answer to a charge which stated that on June 8, 2019, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Julian James so as to cause her actual bodily harm.
He initially pleaded guilty to the charge, but Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf after listening to the man’s explanation.
On the day in question, it is alleged that the defendant’s wife was at home and his stepdaughter invited James to the residence to consume alcohol.
However, the defendant reportedly started to “hustle” James thus resulting in an argument between him and his wife.
He subsequently became annoyed and broke a bottle, after which he dealt James several stabs about her body.
The woman was rushed to the Port Kaituma Hospital, where she was examined by a doctor; however, owing to the severity of her injuries, she was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for treatment.
A report was made to Police, and the defendant was subsequently arrested and admitted to investigators that he committed the act.
The defendant told the court that “she told my wife I hustle she and is nah like that. Is my wife son she want. She want break up our home. I went and drink and she lash me behind my head”.
The defendant’s head was examined by a Police Officer present in court, who confirmed that a laceration was visible on the man’s scalp.
The matter was transferred to the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court, where George is slated to make his next court appearance on August 16, 2019.