De Abreu charged with ma­li­ciously wound­ing Ben­jai granted $50,000 bail

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Mav­er­ick De Abreu, a Robb Street res­i­dent was yes­ter­day ar­raigned at the Ge­orge­town Mag­is­trate’s Court on a charge of wound­ing Trinida­dian soca singer, Rod­ney Le­Blanc, well knowns as, Ben­jai.

Le Blanc flew into the coun­try yes­ter­day morn­ing and was present in court for the hear­ing when the charge was read to De Abreu by Mag­is­trate Fabayo Azore.

De Abreu, 27, of 66 Robb Street, Bourda pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on the 16th April, 2017, at Palm Court, Main Street, Ge­orge­town, he un­law­fully and ma­li­ciously wounded Le­Blanc.

Ac­cord­ing to one of Le­Blanc’s lawyers, his client had just fin­ished per­form­ing and was out­side of the night club when the in­ci­dent oc­curred be­tween Le­Blanc and De Abreu.

Le­Blanc’s lawyer told the court that his client, while stand­ing out­side of the night club com­pound, tapped on a ve­hi­cle that was re­vers­ing in his di­rec­tion. As a re­sult of this, De Abreu ex­ited the car and asked the singer, “You think is Trinidad, you deh?” and pointed a gun in Le­Blanc’s face. The lawyer told the court that not long af­ter his client was struck with an ob­ject caus­ing in­juries to his face. Le­Blanc was im­me­di­ately rushed to the Wood­lands Hospi­tal where he un­der­went emer­gency surgery. He later left the hospi­tal with 25 stitches to his face.

The lawyer told the court that he had no ob­jec­tions to bail but asked that it be a sub­stan­tial amount.

Mag­is­trate Azore, af­ter lis­ten­ing to the facts as pre­sented by one of the singer’s lawyers, granted De Abreu bail in the sum of $50,000.

The next hear­ing for the case is sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 11.

The charge comes four months af­ter the wound­ing, as po­lice were un­able to ap­pre­hend De Abreu. A wanted bul­letin had been is­sued for De Abreu af­ter a state­ment from the singer’s lawyer had iden­ti­fied him as the sus­pect.

Ear­lier this year, in May, De Abreu was charged with shoot­ing at his preg­nant wife and sis­ter-in-law.

The com­plainants re­fused to of­fer ev­i­dence against De Abreu, leav­ing Mag­is­trate Leron Daly no al­ter­na­tive but to dis­miss the charges and let De Abreu go free.

Charged Mav­er­ick De Abreu

Charged Mav­er­ick De Abreu

Rod­ney “Ben­jai” Le Blanc

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