Alleged acid attacker, 34-year-old Alfred De Jonge yesterday stepped out from the tray of a police vehicle, escorted by ranks, to appear at the Albion Magistrate Court, where the charge of attempting to commit murder on Shondell Williamson was read to him.
He appeared before Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer.
De Jonge was unrepresented as he stood in the prisoners dock, to hear the charge.
It is alleged that on Thursday January 19, 2017 at New Street, New Amsterdam with intent to commit murder, he caused grievous bodily harm upon Shondell Williamson.
The victim is still admitted at the Georgetown Public Hospital in the Burn Care Unit.
Bail was refused and the accused is to make his next court appearance on February 20.
In a signed statement, Williamson related that she was at a friend’s house at the said address when she noticed an individual dressed in a wig and women’s clothing. She stated that she could not verify who it was at the time because of the darkness, but shortly after noticed the manner in which the individual walked.
“Only as the person got closer and where I was standing inside the yard the person came from the left, I was about seven feet away from the person and as the person got near I recognized it was Alfred De Jonge, my children father”.
Williamson had stated that De Jonge, who is the father of her two sons, had a container in his right hand and as she was about to call his name, he threw the contents of the container in her face and about her body.
According to the woman “it felt like hot water”. She further disclosed that the liquid believed to be a corrosive substance began to work into her flesh, her back, chest, both hands and feet began to burn. “I felt a burning sensation about my body”.
De Jonge escaped after dousing her with the substance. Williamson’s friend rushed to her rescue and immediately took her to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where she was admitted and eventually transferred. Her attacker was caught the next day after he was involved in an accident along the Linden Highway. He was treated for injuries sustained in the accident and was taken into custody.
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