The Cadet Officer accused of shooting a 16-year-old in his mouth, allegedly during a game of Russian roulette in 2014, on Friday led his defence before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Thirty-year-old Franz Paul, of Freeman Street, East La Penitence is accused of discharging a loaded firearm at Alex Griffith on April 30, 2014 in Georgetown with intent to maim, disable, disfigure or cause him grievous bodily harm.
It is also alleged that he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm as well as assaulted the teen on the day in question.
The magistrate told the court that sufficient evidence was led against the defendant by the prosecution team which is led by Superintendent of Police Stephen Telford, and called on the defendant to put forward his case.
The defendant gave unsworn evidence as to what transpired on the day in question without going into the witness box. He is being represented by attorney Roger Yearwood.
During his defence, he explained that he had kept in close contact with the virtual complainant’s mother who was willing to take compensation to settle the matter.
According to reports, on April 30, 2014, Paul’s sister was robbed and he took her to the station to make a report. After the report was made, Griffith was arrested by a party of policemen, among whom was Cadet Officer Paul. It was then, according to allegations, that Paul placed a firearm in Griffith’s mouth and fired a shot.
Griffith received injuries and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
The matter is adjourned until July 14, when Paul is expected to call two witnesses in his defence.
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