Accused in Mocha chopping case fails to appear in court
The court proceeding involving Roy Saunders and James Welch, the respective plaintiff and defendant in relation to a chopping incident that occurred just over a month ago in the Mocha Housing Scheme, was scheduled for yesterday at the Providence Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Leslie Sobers.
However, Welch, who is incarcerated at the Camp Street Prison, did not make an appearance for some unknown reason. No counsel appeared for the accused, and Magistrate Sobers hesitated to issue bail in his absence since Saunders was still healing. The prosecutor objected to bail.
Subsequently, the magistrate ordered Saunders to “go home and recuperate” while Welch will “remain incarcerated” until the next court date which is slated for October 31.
Saunders explained to the Magistrate that he is “hardly” seeing from his right eye. His temporarily paralyzed hand is still in “cast” and he is expected to see the doctor today for treatment.
On July 17, last, residents in the Mocha Housing Scheme were forced to leave their homes when an alarming sound of screams confirmed their worst fears.
James Welch and his stepson Roy Saunders were engaged in an argument that lead to a fight and ended in a brutal chopping.
The victim was chopped twice to the face and several parts of the body. He was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
An eyewitness said that she heard the two men arguing and alleged that the stepfather asked Roy if he wanted to fight. Shortly after, the resident heard screams.