Teen accused of stabbing bus driver over $100 remanded


A South Better Hope teen was on Friday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with an attempted murder charge.

Orwain Smith, 18, was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him.

It was alleged that on July 30, 2018 while in the vicinity of Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown he caused grievous bodily harm to James Abrams with intent to murder him.

According to facts presented to the court, on the day in question, the accused asked a friend of the virtual complainant for $100 to catch transportation to go home. However, the man refused to give him the money and give it to Abrams who was the driver of the minibus at the time.

Further, Smith refused to go into the bus and asked that Abrams give him back the money. After the victim refused an argument ensued between the two and Smith allegedly reached in his pocket and pulled out scissors and dealt the bus driver several stabs about his body.

The man was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he was admitted a patient.

The prosecution objected to bail being granted and told the court that the victim received life-threatening injuries and is currently recovering from a punctured lung and stab wounds to his neck. The prosecution also cited the serious nature of the offence.

The prosecutions’ submission was upheld by the Chief Magistrate and the teen was remanded.

The matter is expected to continue on August 8, 2018, for a report and fixture.



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