Soldier charged with wounding wife granted bail


handcuffs[] – Guyana Defence Force soldier, 30 – year – old Jermine Munroe, was yesterday (January 14) placed on $75,000 bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer an unlawful wounding charge before Magistrate Annette Singh.

Munroe pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Lot 1 Public Road, La Penitence he unlawfully and maliciously wounded his wife.

Police Prosecutor Kerry Bostwick said that the two have been experiencing problems in their marriage and on the day in question the woman wanted to move out of the house but Munroe became annoyed. He said that they argued and the Soldier cuffed his wife to her mouth and choked her.

According to Bostwick, it was when Munroe noticed that his wife was about to faint that he let her go and she fell. The frightened woman bolted from the house and made a report to the Ruimveldt Police Station. As a result, the 30-year-old was arrested and charged.

A medical in favour of the woman shows that she suffered lacerations to her lip and abrasions to her neck.

The defendant was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Mark Conway, who in his bail application said that his client, a father of one, had no priors and had attended court on his own accord, reasoning that he was not a flight risk.

The lawyer said that the man and his wife are seeking to have the matter resolved between them.

Bail was, however, objected to by Bostwick, who noted that if the Court considers bail, the defendant may tamper with the victim. He asked the court to consider the nature of the offence and the punishment it attracts.

Bostwick pointed out that the police also had some amount of difficulty in arresting Munroe. His objections were overruled and the next Court hearing is set for January 21.



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