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Saturday 21 October 2017
Crime and Court

Guyanese charged for assaulting Benjai

A Guyanese man appeared on Wednesday before a magistrate in Georgetown, Guyana charged for wounding local soca artiste Rodney ‘Benjai’ Le Blanc outside a night club in April in the Guyanese capital.

Maverick DeAbreu, 25, has denied that he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Le Blanc outside the night club on April 16. Le Blanc’s lawyer, Eusi Anderson told the court that his client travelled from Trinidad and Tobago for justice.

The lawyer told the court that on the day in question the artiste had just wrapped up his performance at the Palm Court Night Club, Georgetown and that he was standing in a nearby car park in the company of his manager and other people when the driver of a vehicle in the car park reversed into them.

The Guyana Chronicle reported the court’s report as saying that, when alerted to the presence of the group, the driver came out and pointed a firearm at Benjai and the group. DeAbreu came out the passenger’s side of the vehicle and hurled a glass object at La Blanc and slashed him to his face.

Le Blanc was rushed to a private hospital, where he received over 15 stitches for two deep cuts.

The police prosecutor made no objection to DeAbreu being released on bail. He was released on Guy$50,000 (TT$1,500) bail and the matter adjourned until October 11.

In May, DeAbreu was charged with discharging a loaded firearm at his pregnant girlfriend and her sister. He was freed of the two charges after the women refused to offer evidence against him in court.

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