Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill has granted bail in the sum of EC$20, 000 with 2 sureties to Andre “Tug Life” La Touche, who is charged for maiming as a result of an incident that occurred on January 31.
The court had earlier denied bail to the Park Lane, St. George’s resident, when the matter was first heard in early February.
The Chief Magistrate had rejected the bail request on grounds that La Touche, who was not legally represented, is already on bail for a previous offence of causing grievous harm to another individual.
The court was also informed then by the Police Prosecution Department that the accused, who lost his left wrist some years ago, has a number of previous convictions of a similar nature, the last of which was committed in 2013, which makes him likely to commit the offence again.
The victim, St. Paul’s resident, Seon Calliste is lucky to still have some use of his right wrist following the alleged maiming incident.
Calliste was taken to the St. George’s General Hospital where medical specialists were able to secure his hand with a surgical cast.
The Police Investigator had indicated to the court that Calliste, who was at the time warded at the St. George’s General Hospital, may not have further use of the hand.
However, when the matter came up for the second time last week Friday, the court took a decision to grant bail to La Touche following an application made by his Attorney, Peter David.
The lawyer drew the court’s attention to the victim (Calliste), who showed up for the hearing wearing a surgical cast on his affected hand, with all five fingers visible.
David also recalled that because of the severity of the injury there was fear that the victim would have lost his hand.
He also expressed concern that the charge laid against his client should be changed as the victim still has his hand in tact.
Though, Calliste still has his hand, he informed the court that he cannot move it or feel anything he touches.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the incident occurred while La Touche was selling drinks from his business place on The Carenage in St. George’s.
The matter is expected to continue at the St George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court on May 19.