A Casino Manager of the Princess Hotel was yesterday placed on $20,000 bail after he was charged for assaulting businessman, Paul James.
Forty seven-year-old Muammer Princcioglu appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The court heard that on May 24, last at the Princess Casino, Providence, on the East Bank of Demerara, Princcioglu assaulted James.
Attorney-at-Law Omeyana Hamilton made a bail application on the manager’s behalf. She contended that Princcioglu, an Australian National, was not a flight risk since he was bound by a five-year contract with the casino. She said that he has only completed six months of his stint.
The lawyer insisted that the manager never touched James but rather, that the patron was behaving in a disorderly manner and had to be escorted out of the hotel. She claimed that James had harassed a female patron who had slapped him prior to his removal from the casino.
Hamilton told the court that during the trial, the defence will bring forth video evidence of the incident.
She said that the manager has never been charged before, and asked that he be granted bail in a reasonable sum or be placed on his own recognizance (self-bail).
James’ attorney, Ganesh Hira, who prosecuted the case, did not object to bail. Hira asked that Princcioglu lodges his passport at the court or the Brickdam Police Station.
According to him, the manager was not at the casino where he resides for the past few months which caused a delay in the matter being called up.
Upon hearing that, Hamilton immediately defended her client. She stated that Princcioglu presented himself to the court yesterday on his own.
The lawyer said “it is a simple offence” and her client has no intention to flee the jurisdiction.
When asked about the nature of the assault, Hira explained to the Magistrate that Princcioglu held onto James, assaulted him and took him out of the casino.
Magistrate Latchman granted the bail request and ordered that Princcioglu lodge his passport with the court. The case is set to be called again on September 22 at the Providence Magistrates’ Court.
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