Shellon De Cruz, 46, of 236 Cane View Avenue, South Ruimveldt Park, was placed on $75,000 bail on Tuesday, when she appeared yesterday before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson.
It is alleged that the accused on October 27, 2008, obtained $178,000 from Roslyn Paul by pretending that she was in the position to sell one Kenton Motor Scooter and get the same motorcycle registered in the virtual complainant’s name.
De Cruz pleaded not guilty.
The defendant, who is the owner of the Little Eden Restaurant, told the court that Paul had asked to her to purchase the motorcycle. She further explained that she told her (Paul) that the bike would have cost over $200,000, but when Paul came to her she only came with $178,000.
De Cruz said that she took Paul to the Licence Revenue Office to examine the documents for the bike. According to the defendant, Paul used to ride the bike in the afternoons. The defendant stated that she was willing to reimburse the VC but she refused.
“Your Worship I was willing to give her $150,000 but she just said that she didn’t want any money,” De Cruz explained.
However, when the magistrate asked Paul whether she had anything to say, she told a different story. According to Paul, she went to price a bike since she knew that De Cruz sells motorcycles.
She further told the court that she went back to the defendant to purchase the bike. “I gave her $178,000 and I received a receipt from the defendant.”
According to Paul, she had asked the defendant for the documents to the motorcycle. She said that she was accompanied by the defendant to the Licence Revenue Office to get the documents but when they got there De Cruz did not have any documents for the motorcycle.
De Cruz is expected to make her next court appearance on April 16.
Also appearing before the same magistrate was Colin Abrams, 27, of Matthew’s Ridge North, who was remanded to prison for allegedly grievously harming Ronald Webber on March 26. He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
According to Abrams, on March 26 he had just finished taking his brother and sister home when the incident happened.
Abrams claimed that Webber was under the influence of alcohol and that he was helping the drunken man to get home, when Webber accused him of “interfering” with the defendant’s daughter.
He said that he told the man that he would never try to do something like that since he knew the man’s family well.
According to Abrams, Webber slammed his head into the louvre window, causing him to sustain cuts to his forehead.
He said that after he received the blow to his head he tried to run away but Webber armed himself with a cutlass and chopped him on his hand. He said that Webber almost severed his hand in the attack.
Abrams said that after he received the chop he managed to wrest the cutlass from Webber and retaliated.
“Ya worship I get de cutlass and chop he back because he chop me,” Abrams told the magistrate.
However, Police Prosecutor Seetaram told the court that Abrams wounded the virtual complainant seriously. He said that Webber had a party and Abrams’s brother and sister were invited. The prosecutor further stated that Abrams was offered a drink and the defendant was seen playing with Webber’s young daughter.
Webber chided the defendant and this may have angered him, causing him to chop Webber several times about the body.
They were both taken to the Georgetown Hospital where Webber is still hospitalized.
Bail was denied and the accused is expected to make his next court appearance on May 8.
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