A charge of wounding causing grievous bodily harm will be denied by the defendant, attorney Prathna Bodden said in Summary Court on Wednesday.

Duvon O’Bryon Morris, 25, is accused of using a ratchet knife to injure the complainant’s hand, arm and leg. Crown counsel Toyin Salako told Chief Magistrate Nova Hall the man had lost mobility in two fingers as a result. He needed 12 staples in his arm and 12 staples in his leg, she said.

The injuries were received outside a restaurant in McField Square, George Town, on Nov. 4. Ms. Salako said that the complainant did not know the defendant by name, but knew him as a relative of someone else whom he did know.

He said there was an argument in the restaurant between a cousin of his and Mr. Morris, so he went over and told Mr. Morris to calm down. Later he saw Mr. Morris arguing again and when he went to calm him down, Mr. Morris approached him with the knife, swiping at him and stabbing him three times.

Ms. Salako said Mr. Morris purchased a travel ticket and left the island the day after the incident. He returned on Dec. 17, when he was arrested and identified by the complainant.

When interviewed, he said he had been attacked by two individuals with knives. He said he did not have a knife, so if the complainant was injured, it was by someone else.

Ms. Bodden said the complainant had initially told police, falsely, that he had been the victim of a robbery. He later said he did so because he was afraid for his safety. Witness statements were also conflicting, she noted. She said Mr. Morris had left the island because of a family emergency and then he returned because of his job, mother, brother and girlfriend. “He wants to clear his name,” she said.

The chief magistrate said she could not conclude that the defendant was a flight risk. She pointed out that having been gone over a month, he had come back. She granted bail with a cash security of $15,000 with one surety, a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., a specified residence, and a condition of non-contact with any prosecution witness.

The matter was set for mention again on Jan. 16.

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