Apr 29, 2010 News
Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson on Tuesday refused to grant bail to a former employee of Lambert’s Enterprise who was involved in a shooting incident on Saturday afternoon.
The man, Haroon Persaud, 22, of 240 Laing Avenue was not required to plead to the indictable offence of attempting to commit murder when he appeared before Magistrate Robertson.
It was alleged that on April 24 with the intent to commit murder, Persaud discharged a loaded firearm at Richard Barton.
His lawyer, Nigel Hughes, in a bail application, told the court that his client is gainfully employed as a sales representative.
Hughes said that Persaud has an unblemished record prior to this indictment. He said that his client was never a threat to the police but that he was a victim of a severe beating.
The lawyer further told the court that as a result of the beating his client was forced to jump off a two-storeyed building. Both of Persaud’s legs are broken, he is also wearing a neck brace.
Hughes said that as a result of the injuries Persaud cannot walk making him no flight risk. He added that there would be no interference further adding that his client still needs ongoing medical attention.
“He is incapable of walking he needs assistance and if he is remanded to prison, he surely cannot get that attention at the Georgetown Prison,” Hughes argued.
Police Prosecutor Stephen Telford opposed bail. According to the prosecutor Barton is still in an unconscious state in the High Dependency Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Telford added that Persaud shot Barton in the region of his heart.
He said that if indeed Persaud needed ongoing medical attention the authorities would have never discharged him from the hospital.
Telford further told the court that on the day in questioned Persaud went to his former place of employment in search for an identification card.
The court was told that Barton went behind him to help Persaud look for the ID card.
It was further alleged that the Persaud whipped out a handgun and shot the victim once in the region of his heart.
He was arrested and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he received medical attention.
Reports are that Richard Barton was reportedly shot some time after 16:00 hours, on April 24, at his place of employment, Lambert’s Enterprise, Charlotte Street.
Eyewitnesses said that Persaud a former employee went to the Charlotte Street business place enquiring about an identification card he supposedly left behind. Reports are that after the man made enquires about his ID card, Barton was sent to accompany him to the second flat of the three-storeyed building to search for his ID card.
Some time later, persons in the bottom flat of the business premises heard a scuffle but no one ventured upstairs, after gunshots rang out as well. Persons in the area said they then saw a man on the roof of a two-storey building next door.
Persaud was caught trying to hide a bag with a .32 pistol in the alleyway when he was arrested.
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