Aug 06, 2008 News
Wesley Persaud, 42, of Better Success, Essequibo Coast, who dealt a young woman two slaps while on a boat cruise, was placed on $20,000 bail by Magistrate Faith Mc Gusty, yesterday.
Mr. Persaud appeared at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court where he pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm.
It is alleged that on July 6, last, at 10:00hrs, while on a boat cruise from Adventure to Fort Island, Persaud became intoxicated.
According to the police, Persaud approached Tajwattie Boodmattie who was on the same boat and asked her for a dance. The woman declined the invitation, the police said.
This led to what the police described as molestation. They said that Persaud pulled the woman’s bag, put his face close to hers, then told her that he was wealthy and that he could do anything.
There followed another request for a dance and another refusal by the woman, the police said.
The court heard that the man then slapped Boodmattie across her left jaw and was about to hit the young woman again after she threw the drink she was consuming into his face .He was restrained by other patrons on the boat. Tajawattie Boodmattie sustained a swollen eye.
Haimraj Rajkumar, who represented Persaud, said that his client, who is a rice farmer and a father of one, will attend his trial and that he is not a flight risk. The magistrate then allowed bail.
Persaud will return to court on August 27.
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