Machel Montano fracas lands boyfriend in court for gun-butting
A man who reportedly threatened to kill his girlfriend and who allegedly forced a gun in her mouth, was yesterday placed on $75,000 bail by Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
The man, 27-year-old Stephen King, of 64 Prasad Nagar was slapped with two charges when he faced the court.
It was alleged that on July 27th at Prasad Nagar, he unlawfully assaulted Sasha Sandy and at the same time used threatening behaviour.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Attorney-at-law, Gordon Gilhuys, appearing for the defendant, applied for bail, and explained that the couple had gone to the Machel Montano show but ended up in an argument while there. The lawyer further said that the alleged victim was the one who had beaten the defendant and he thus retaliated.
Attorney-at-law, Roger Yearwood, who appeared for Sandy, claimed that his client was slapped and gun-butted by the accused.
A medical report was submitted.
However, the defense lawyer insisted that his client was the one assaulted. He said that the victim and his client had been together for some time and if his client was such a bad person as he was being portrayed, then the woman would not have stuck with him.
When it was revealed that the matter was being handled by Criminal Investigations Department, Gilhuys argued that the nearest police outpost to Prashad Nagar was Kitty Police Station, suggesting that someone was placing special attention on the matter.
The court, however, reminded him that the allegation involved a gun and CID may very well be taking on the case to find out whether the alleged firearm used was legal or illegal.
Prosecutor Simone Payne had no objection to the defendant’s pre-trial liberty but she asked that bail be substantial and that the defendant have nothing to do with the victim.
The Prosecutor said the defendant’s caution statement had no mention of the victim assaulting him. She did say that Sandy told the police that the man had hit her with a gun and that he had put it in her mouth before threatening to kill her.
The matter will continue in Court Ten on September 17.