[COURTHOUSE]:::No Bail For Attempted Murderer

No. 51 Monday, February 08, 2010
Despite pleas from his attorney, a St. James man who allegedly attacked another man and inflicted stab wounds all over his body before proceeding to rob him was denied bail.

   Charged with attempted murder, assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and robbery with aggravation is Delroy Howell, 37, of Retirement, St. James.
    On the last mention date a request was made for Howell to undergo psychiatric evaluation.
    However, when the matter was mentioned on Thursday, February 4, defense lawyer David McLennon told the court that he was informed by Howell's mother that he has- never had a mental problem.
    In his bail submission, the attorney indicated to the court that the incident occurred while his client was trying to defend himself and refuted the robbery allegations made against him saying he did not rob the complainant.
    However, the prosecution opposed to bail due to the seriousness of the offence and the fact that the complainant and the accused work at the same location.
    Resident Magistrate Vivienne Harris then set a preliminary hearing date for March 4 and Howell remains behind bars until then.
    Allegations are that on October 23, 2009, the complainant was walking along Fustic Close when Howell attacked him with a knife and stabbed him several times causing his intestines to protrude.
    The complainant fell to the ground and Howell continued to stab him then removed $8,000 and a cell phone valuing $5,600 from the complainant's pocket.
    A citizen came to the complainant's assistance and the accused man turn to the complainant and said "stay down deh bwoy and dead," before fleeing the scene.
    The complainant, who had received eight stab wounds, was assisted to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was admitted for three weeks.
    The matter was reported to the police and Howell was arrested later that day and subsequently charged.

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