‘Peacemaker’ charged with unlawful wounding granted bail

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Michael Clarke at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. [iNews' Photo]
Michael Clarke at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A 22 – year – old Clerk of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown was today (January 02) placed on $70,000 bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer an unlawful wounding charge before Magistrate Annette Singh.

Michael Clarke pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at West Ruimveldt, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Martin Lynch.

Clarke was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Clyde Forde, who in his bail application said that his client had no priors and had attended court on his own accord. He said that Clarke, a Clerk at Muneshwars Limited and father of one, was acting as a peacemaker during the incident when the virtual complainant (VC) lashed him with a crowbar.

Bail was objected to by Police Prosecutor, Kerry Boswick, who noted that if the Court considers bail, the defendant may tamper with the victim since they live in close proximity. He asked, however, that if a Court bond be granted, that it be set at a substantial amount.

Boswick explained that on the day in question, Clarke pushed Lynch into a window which resulted in injuries. He said that to date, the VC is complaining about pains in his legs.

Boswick’s objection was overruled and the next Court hearing is set for January 13. Clarke was placed on a bond to be on good behaviour pending the outcome of the trial.

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