East Canje man to face trial for dousing school boy with acid
Kevin Joshua called “Joshua Singh” and “Topoo”, 23, of 142 Victoria Street, Cumberland, East Canje, Berbice, who was described as a bully and a known character, was on Thursday committed to stand trial in the next sitting of the Berbice High Court.
Magistrate Adela Nagamootoo ruled that a prima facie case was made out against him at the Reliance Magistrate’s Court.
He was facing a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Harlon Rose, a student of Cumberland, East Canje. The offence was alleged to have been committed on July 11th, 2011 at Victoria Street, Cumberland.
According to the Prosecutor, Corporal Orin Joseph, on the day in question, Rose and others were on the street looking on at a commotion that was being caused by Joshua who was reportedly beating his parents.
After persons decided to upbraid the man for his actions, he allegedly armed himself with a bottle of acid, which he hid behind his back, and came out on the street. He then allegedly threw the substance on Rose’s face. The student suffered severe burns to his face and other parts of his body. Joshua was said to have then escaped from the scene.
However, he was captured early the next day in a police ambush, near his home.
Rose, in the meanwhile, was picked up and rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital, where he remained warded for over a month. A bottle suspected to have contained the acid was subsequently retrieved from the scene by investigators.
Joshua, who was granted bail in the sum of $100,000, is being represented by attorney-at-law Rabindranauth Singh.