A Magistrate’s Court in St. George’s took the decision last week Friday to remand to the Richmond Hill prison a Boca, St. George man who is facing a charge of attempted Non-Capital Murder.
Acting Magistrate Francine Foster made the determination in order to protect the accused and other persons from perceived danger.
The Magistrate who agreed to a bail objection by the Police Prosecution Department in the case involving Errol Baptiste said she is concerned that should she release him on bail he might be discovered harmed somewhere because of the anger of his children over what he did to their mother.
Baptiste, 49, who is allegedly involved in a domestic dispute with his wife, is accused of inflicting stab wounds on the woman’s chest and abdomen area on August 16.
The lady was admitted to the Female Surgical ward of the St. George’s General Hospital to receive treatment for the injuries.
The presiding Magistrate said she is very concerned over the fact that the accused man lives in the same house with the victim and her decision to remand him to custody at the Richmond Hill Prisons is for his own protection and that of his wife.
She concluded that Baptiste was lacking in anger management in order to have inflicted the injuries to his wife, which resulted in her becoming a patient at the hospital.
Police Prosecutor, Corporal Terrence Andall informed the court that after the incident allegedly occurred, Baptiste ran away from the house in fear of the children reacting negatively towards him.
According to Cpl. Andall, Baptiste expressed fears to lawmen that the children will do harm to him.
Baptiste is the father of four children with his wife – ages 14, 16, 21 and 23.
Cpl. Andall described the charge laid against Baptiste as being very serious but was not using the objection to bail as a form of punishment against the accused.
He said the Prosecution’s objection to bail is based on fears that if the accused man who has been working on a project on the grounds of the General Hospital for the past four months is released on bail, they do not know what will happen to the victim or other members of the family.
Cpl. Andall informed the court that Baptiste has three previous convictions including wounding and praedial larceny.
The Police Prosecutor told the court the incident involving the accused man and his wife came about due to an ongoing feud between the two parties.
He spoke of Police Officers at Central Police Station on the Carenage, St. George’s being called out on several previous occasions to respond to reports relating to the dispute between Baptiste and his wife.
The accused is due back in court on September 5th.