After 6 years on remand, man admits to attempted murder


AFTER spending the last six years on remand for attempted murder, Anthony Persaud on Wednesday confessed to the crime before Justice Brassington Reynolds at the Demerara High Court.

Persaud confessed that on March 22, 2016, in the county of Demerara, he wounded Navindra Budhu with intent to commit murder.

State prosecutor Simran Gajraj told the court that both parties are not known to each other and on the day in question around 18:02hrs, Budhu was walking along the University of Guyana (UG) Access Road, Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, when he was attacked from behind by Persaud.

Persaud, who was armed with a pair of scissors, pushed his hands inside the victim’s pockets. However, the victim resisted and Persaud punched him in the face.  Persaud then stabbed Budhu six times about the body with the scissors.

Public spirited persons rushed to the victim’s aid and managed to apprehend Persaud.

Persaud’s attorney Teriq Mohammed related to the court that while his client admitted to attacking the victim, his intention was not to rob him.

Based on the lawyer’s claims, Prosecutor Gajraj made an application for a psychiatric evaluation to be performed on Persaud.

With no objections, the judge granted the application and also ordered that a probation report is conducted on Persaud’s behalf.

The matter was adjourned until April 8, 2022, for sentencing.

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