A violent ambush on Sunday has resulted in 25-year-old bank worker, Shondell Fereira of Mardi Gras losing his left arm.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the young man, who is an employee of Republic Bank Grenada Ltd., was ambushed Sunday by a lone assailant, shortly after ending a football game with some friends at the Old Trafford playground in Tanteen, St. George just after 6.00 pm.
Charged for the indictable offence of Maiming is 20-year-old Bradley Richards of Tanteen Terrace who appeared Wednesday before the St. George’s No. 2 Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau.
Richards who has no previous convictions, has retained the services of Attorney-at-Law George Prime to assist him in the matter.
However, Prime was preoccupied with other court matters on the sister isle of Carriacou and holding papers for him in the matter was long-standing attorney-at-law, Anselm Clouden, who requested full disclosure in the matter.
Clouden applied for bail to be granted to Richards but it was met with stiff resistance from the Police Prosecution team led by Corporal 147 Kerry Swan, out of fear of a possible reoccurrence of the violent act.
The officer told the court: “There was a prior incident in December 2017 between the defendant, victim and another family member…and there is an alleged build up between then and now involving the families on both sides and there is no guarantee that it would stop”.
The Prosecution cited other grounds for refusal as the fact that the victim is still warded at the St. George’s General Hospital and that the 20-year-old used a cutlass to launch the attack on him.
However, Attorney Clouden argued that “this is not the type of offence that bail is customarily denied for”.
“It falls into a category of interpersonal relations or interpersonal battle,” he said.
The experienced criminal defense attorney charged that concerns that the defendant and his family would interfere with the victim and his family can be prevented if the court grants bail with a conditional order and also pointed to the age of the suspect and his previous good character.
“This is an opportunity for the court to say to both sides – stay away from each other,” attorney Clouden declared, adding that the conditions at the Richmond Hill Prison is one where young people ought to be kept away from there.
After listening to the arguments from both sides, Magistrate Gellineau reserved her decision with regards to bail application for the next occasion and Richards was remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison until June 28.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the younger brother of the victim and the accused, were involved in a physical altercation sometime in December, which resulted in the victim stepping in to assist his younger brother.
It is understood that since that incident, the accused, who is a graduate of the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), has allegedly been issuing threats to the younger brother of the victim and that Sunday’s incident caught the victim by surprise.
The attacker reportedly entered the Old Trafford playground with the cutlass, sat on the bleachers in the area where the players had their clothing and waited patiently for his victim.
According to a well-placed source, at the time of the chopping incident, the victim was bending down to pick up his clothes, when he heard the suspect making a comment and on looking up, he saw the cutlass coming down on him and put up his hand as a shield.
The source said the manner in which the victim’s hand was cut off seems to suggest that the perpetrator was aiming for the neck area.
The indictable offence of maiming is akin to Dangerous/Grievous harm and carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.