21-Y-O remanded for stabbing man over $3,000 debt

A 21-year-old Charlestown, Georgetown resident was on Monday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for stabbing a man over a $3000 debt.

Joshua Perreira appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for unlawfully and maliciously wounding Anthony Rampaul on August 2, 2021, at Cross Street, Charlestown Georgetown with the intent to commit murder. He was not required to plead to the charge.

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Perreira behaved disorderly during his appearance and shouted at the Chief Magistrate after she scolded him about wearing his mask improperly during his arraignment.

“You have to listen to me!” Perreira shouted at the Chief Magistrate from the prisoner’s dock.  When an officer told Perreira to be respectful of the Magistrate, Perreira turned to the officer and said, “Soldier man, come out my business and don’t touch me.”

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According to reports, on the day in question Perreira approached Rampaul about a $3000 debt owed to him. It was alleged that an argument ensued between the men during which Perreira pulled out a knife and stabbed Rampaul several times.

Rampaul was then rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he remains a patient. Perreira was later arrested and charged.

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Police prosecutor Sherwin Matthews objected to bail being granted to Perreira on the ground that the victim is still hospitalised. The Chief Magistrate remanded Perreira to prison until August 25, 2021.

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