Magistrate recuses self from hot oil burning case
…withdraws bail and remands accused
With allegations that he was compromised, Magistrate Yohhahnseh Cave has withdrawn himself from presiding over the Preliminary Inquiry into an attempted murder case, in which Denise Hilliman is accused of burning her young lover with hot oil.
The magistrate transferred the matter to the Chief Magistrate after not taking too kindly to rumours that he was prejudiced in the granting of bail to the accused in the sum of $100,000 when she made her first court appearance on April 8.
Magistrate Cave, who had reluctantly granted bail to the 40-year old woman, had pointed out that the court is not inclined to grant bail in these types of matters but he took into consideration that Hilliman has a fixed place of address and her claims that she is a mother of five and is presently four months pregnant.
He had ordered that she report to the Turkeyen Police Station everyday at 09:00 hours until the Preliminary Inquiry is completed.
Kaieteur News understands that Hilliman has been complying with the order.
The woman is accused of pouring a pot of hot oil on her lover, Keith Cox, 29, while he was asleep at her home on April 8, last.
The man who has since been discharged from hospital suffered severe burns about his upper body.
Hilliman, who was detained by police shortly after the incident, later showed remorse and had vowed to ensure that Cox receives the best treatment even if it meant taking him to a private hospital.
This is despite the anger expressed by Cox’s family members who packed the courtroom to hear the proceedings.
However, her presence at the hospital the day she was released on bail was greeted with scorn by Cox’s relatives.
Yesterday, Magistrate Cave ordered that Hilliman be refunded her bail and remanded her to prison
The matter will be heard today before Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle
Meanwhile, police are seeking the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether to institute counter charges against Cox.
Hilliman showed marks on her hands, which she claimed Cox inflicted. At the time she was trading words with Cox’s family members at her first court hearing.
The woman has since given investigators a statement in which she claimed that Cox had assaulted her, and had performed unnatural sexual acts with her despite her protestations, shortly before she allegedly doused him with hot oil.
Cox was present at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday dressed in short pants with his shirt unbuttoned, displaying the severe burns he had sustained.
A source close to the investigations told this newspaper that the police were unaware that Cox was discharged from the hospital and only ascertained this when he showed up at the Sparendaam Court.