An independent candidate vying in the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) appeared before Magistrate Dylan Best at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday slapped with an assault charge.
Robert “Bulldog” Cromwell, 48, of Lot 26 Dowdin Street, Kitty, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on February 15, 2016 at Dowdin Street, Kitty, he unlawfully wounded Iqbal Rahim.
The Prosecutor stated that the Virtual Complainant (VC) resided at Lot 236 Dowdin Street, Kitty and was a member of the Mark Benschop group vying in the upcoming LGE.
The Court heard that on the day in question around 17:00h, the VC was putting up flags and posters in favour of Mark Benschop when the defendant approached him and pulled a ladder out from under him, causing him to fall.
As a result of the fall, the VC suffered major injuries to his face and ribs.
The matter was reported to the Police and the defendant was charged.
The defendant told the Court that he had no altercation with the VC and denied that he assaulted him.
He told the Court that he was coming from work when the VC showed him money and told him that Benschop gave it to him. He added that he then went on his way.
The Prosecutor had no objections to bail, and it was granted in the sum of $60,000.
Magistrate Best also ordered the defendant to keep away from the VC.
The matter will return to court on March 7.