A 43-year-old man from Chaguanas, accused of beating his wife and dousing her in gasoline after she did not cook him dinner, has been denied bail.
The man, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of the victim, was denied bail after appearing virtually before Magistrate Nikolas Ali, yesterday afternoon, to answer four charges arising out of the incident.
According to the summary of evidence in the case, the incident occurred on Saturday at the couple’s home in Longdenville, which they share with their three young children. Police officers responded to a report of domestic violence and reportedly saw the man beating the woman with a cutlass while holding a gas container.
Even as the police officers sought to intervene, the man still continued beating the woman and doused her with the gasoline.
The man, who is a machine operator, reportedly told police: “You can’t lock me up, I beat she cause she aint cook.”
The man was eventually arrested after a brief struggle with the officers. He was charged with assault, possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and using an explosive or noxious substance with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
The man’s attorney Bhimal Maharajh applied for bail as he claimed that his client could move out of the family’s home for the duration of the case.
Although police prosecutors did not object to bail, Magistrate Ali denied the application as he noted that he was concerned about the victim’s safety. Ali ordered the man to reappear before him in two weeks time.
Meanwhile, an Enterprise man has been granted $100,000 bail after appearing in court charged with breaking into his ex-wife’s home and assaulting her after reading text messages between her and another man.
The 37-year-old administrative clerk, who also cannot be identified to protect the victim, was granted bail after appearing before Magistrate Adrian Darmanie, yesterday morning.
According to the summary of evidence in that case, around 9.50 pm, last Thursday, the man entered the victim’s home with a key that she did not know he kept after their break-up.
The man reportedly took her keys and cellphone and held her by her hair when she tried to escape him.
The man allegedly went through the victim’s cellphone and began interrogating her over a series of text messages exchanged with another man.
The man continued to beat the woman, until police officers, who responded to reports from neighbours, arrived on the scene.
The man was charged with breaking into the woman’s home, false imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
In applying for bail for the man, Maharajh claimed that his client was challenging the allegations and he was in the process of interviewing his client’s witnesses to prepare his defence.
Police prosecutors did not object to bail for the man but requested that conditions be included to protect the victim, who lives a short distance away.
Magistrate Darmanie agreed to grant bail only after the man’s sister, who lives in Felicity, agreed that he could stay with her for the duration of the case.
As part of the bail conditions, the man was ordered to not come within 200 metres of the victim and to report to the Chaguanas Police Station once weekly.