Wauna man gets bail on wound­ing af­ter say­ing vic­tim at­tacked him first

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A Wauna res­i­dent, ac­cused of wound­ing, was on Wed­nes­day granted bail af­ter a court heard that his al­leged vic­tim had struck him first and had been threat­en­ing him for weeks.

Bene­dict Daniels, 25, was read a charge which stated that on Oc­to­ber 9, 2017, at Wauna Vil­lage, North West District, he un­law­fully and ma­li­ciously wounded Leon Sa­muels. Daniels pleaded guilty to the of­fence. Prior to the ac­cused ex­plain­ing his side of the story, the court heard from po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Arvin Moore that on the day in ques­tion, the two men, who know each other, were drink­ing al­co­hol when a mis­un­der­stand­ing de­vel­oped. As a re­sult, Daniels armed him­self with a bot­tle and hit Sa­muels.

Sa­muels was later taken to a hospi­tal, where he was treated for mi­nor in­juries to his fore­head and later dis­charged.

Sub­se­quent to the pros­e­cu­tor’s ac­count of the wound­ing, Daniels told the court that Sa­muels had at­tacked him three times be­fore. He stated that on the day of the in­ci­dent, he was at a func­tion when Sa­muels and five other per­sons called him. Daniels said when he turned around, Sa­muels hit him on his hand and then to his head, which was split open as a re­sult.

Ac­cord­ing to the ac­cused, un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, he took the beer bot­tle he had in his hand and his Sa­muels.

Daniels fur­ther stated that in the past, Sa­muels would have told him, “I mur­der al­ready and I’ll do it again.”

The Chief Mag­is­trate later changed Daniels’ plea to not guilty as a re­sult of his ex­pla­na­tion, and also ques­tioned the pros­e­cu­tor about why there wasn’t a charge for Sa­muels.

She then granted the ac­cused $15,000 bail and placed him on a bond to be on good be­hav­iour un­til the com­ple­tion of his trial.

The case will be called again on Novem­ber 21 at the Mabaruma Mag­is­trates Court.

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