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New charge for man accused of robbing quadriplegic
Robbery accused Paul Boatswain was yesterday slapped with a new charge of attempting to strangle his alleged robbery victim Mawasi Williams, a quadriplegic, in 2007. Yesterday Boatswain, 36, of Gasparillo, returned to the San Fernando Fourth Court for his robbery trial, but was instead told he would be facing an additional charge. Boatswain is currently charged with robbing Williams with aggravation in 2007. Williams had accused Boatswain of causing her paralysis by lifting her bodily and slamming her to the ground during the robbery at her Gasparillo home.
Boatswain was on trial for the robbery, but it was aborted earlier this month owing to a legal technicality. Prosecutor Sarah De Silva is leading the State’s case. Yesterday San Fernando Fourth Court magistrate Margaret Alert told Boatswain’s attorney Cedric Neptune a new charge had been laid. Alert read the charge that on May 24, 2007 at Springvale, Gasparillo, Boatswain did attempt to choke, strangle or suffocate, with intent to enable himself to rob Williams. He was not called upon to enter a plea. Police constable Narine Bisnath laid both charges. Neptune told Alert he had some concerns about the new charge against his client, since it appeared to be an indictable offence rather than a summary offence and would have implications for Boatswain’s bail. Neptune asked for bail to be amended to cover the two charges.
He said the two offences could be heard together. The matter was adjourned to November 6. De Silva said she had no objection to bail, but suggested conditions be attached. Alert said Boatswain already had to report to the Gasparillo police station once a week as a condition of bail, and De Silva said she wanted the reporting to be increased to two days a week. Neptune said Boatswain has a common-law wife and three children. Alert revoked Boatswain’s $30,000 bail and granted him $75,000 bail to be approved by the clerk of the peace. She ordered him to report to the Gasparillo police station on Monday and Friday until the case is completed and to surrender his passport. Neptune asked to be allowed to see evidence from Boatswain’s aborted trial, and Alert agreed.
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