Linden man charged for trying to kill cousin with cutlass

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A 45-year-old man was on Tuesday charged before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for attempting to kill his cousin with a cutlass.

Collis Isaacs of Blueberry Hill, Linden was not required to plea to the charge which alleged that on July 24 at Kumung-Kumung, Puruni River he wounded Troy Semple with intent to commit murder.

Isaacs was represented by attorney-at-law Clyde Forde; the attorney told the court that his client was acting in self-defence since Semple attacked him with a cutlass.

Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield made no objection to bail but requested that conditions attached if granted.

Mansfield noted that Isaacs and Semple are cousins and on the day in question they had a misunderstanding. Semple became annoyed and armed himself with a cutlass and attacked his cousin.

However, Isaacs managed to take away the cutlass and dealt a chop to Semple face.  The injured man was rushed to the hospital where he was later treated and sent away.

The Chief Magistrate released Isaacs on $75,000 bail with the condition that he lodge his passport at the court and stay away from the victim.

The matter was transferred to the Bartica Magistrates Court for August 16.

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