Woman declines to give evidence against remigrant pensioner
Even after she had to jump a fence to save her life, leaving her physically challenged daughter at the mercy of her reputed husband, a Bachelor’s Adventure woman told a court yesterday that she did not wish to pursue with criminal charges against her lover.
This all transpired when 72-year-old remigrant John Augustus Stoll appeared before Magistrate Heymant Ramdhani at the Mahaicony Magistrate’s Court.
He was charged with three counts of unlawful wounding committed on 33-year-old Natasha Cusbert and her daughters, 17-year-old Mishana and Tiffany Cusbert, 13. One of the charges, involving physically challenged Tiffany was indictable, since she suffered the worse of the assault.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges after his attorney requested that they all were heard summarily.
On Thursday last at around 03:00 hours Stoll went on a chopping spree, wounding the three females with whom he who shared his residence at Lot 81 Sideline Dam Bachelor’s Adventure, East Coast Demerara.
Natasha Cusbert and Mishana, who managed to flee the house and scaled a fence to safety, suffered chops on their neck and back, and right hand respectively.
Thirteen-year-old Tiffany, who had to remain in the house, was hospitalized to be treated for gaping wounds on her back and nose.
Police said they were forced to kick down the door of the house to rescue Tiffany Cusbert. Yesterday in court, Natasha Cusbert told the magistrate that she did not wish to continue prosecution in the matter much to the annoyance of police ranks who had arrested the accused.
Police Prosecutor Godfrey Taitt requested that the court impose substantial bail, taking into consideration the seriousness of the injuries to the 13-year-old, who has since been discharged from hospital.
But Stoll’s attorney James Bond, in a strong plea, informed the magistrate that Stoll was a pensioner and had taken the woman into his home as a domestic aid.
The lawyer said that a relationship developed between the two which led to the woman moving into the property.
According to the lawyer it was a domestic problem that led to the incident.
After listening to the proceedings, Magistrate Ramdhani placed Stoll on a total of $45,000 bail and transferred the matter to the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court where it will be heard again on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the police are still to apprehend a Mahaica man who attacked his reputed wife, her sister and mother with a piece of wood, causing them to be hospitalised.
A three-month-old who also suffered in that attack is still in the Georgetown Hospital’s intensive care unit, having sustained a fractured skull.