Five remanded for severely beating Black Bush labourer

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Five persons were on Thursday charged for severely beating a Black Bush Polder man identified as Gregory Bhola of Johanna South.

Those charged with causing grievous bodily harm were: 22-year-old fisherman Zameer Alli called Rayan; 23-year-old labourer Ameer Alli called Marlon; 30-year-old construction worker Devindra Nandlall called Buddy; 28-year-old rice farmer Balraj Sakichand called Ravin; and 30-year-old fisherman Khemraj Sakichand called Saki, all of Port Mourant, Corentyne.

The men appeared at the Whim Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Alex Moore via Skype, where the indictable charges were read to them. They were not required to enter a plea.

Bail was refused and they were all remanded to prison. The case was adjourned to February 1, 2022 for report.

Bhola, 29, a labourer, was left in a critical condition after being severely beaten by a group of men on January 9, 2022. His father, Errol Bhola, told police that the day in question at about 17:45hrs, he was told that the five men were beating his son.

The elder Bhola said he was on his way home from his farm and rushed to his son’s assistance.

Bhola told police that when he arrived at the scene, he saw the five men who were armed with a cutlass, an iron bar and pieces of wood beating his son.

Errol further explained that when he inquired as to why the men were beating his son he was told to: “Stay out of the matter or else we will kill him.”

Errol was then told to kneel and after he refused, one of the men pushed him to the ground. His son was then taken into a nearby yard where the men continued to savagely beat him.

His father managed to get away and drove to the Mibicuri Police Station.

Gregory was first rushed to the Mibicuri Public Hospital and subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.

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