Twenty-five-year-old Greenland resident, Kallique Collins, was granted $90,000 signed bail after an eyewitness report indicated that he was defending himself during a recent stabbing incident.
Collins’ attempted murder charge was also changed to ‘wounding with intent’.
He was not required to plead when he appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo on Tuesday. This is because the offence for which he is accused is indictable (triable before a judge and jury).
The court heard that about 6:12 pm on July 9, police responded to a stabbing incident in Fat Hog’s Bay, Tortola.
The victim was later identified as 21-year-old Paraquita Bay resident Dillon Quammie who is the complainant.
The incident occurred after the complainant reportedly asked the accused for $40 he had loaned him months ago. The court heard that the monies were to be repaid within a week of being loaned.
It is alleged that, on the day in question, a 30-second argument ensued between the two. This escalated into a physical altercation and the subsequent stabbing, the court heard.
By the time police arrived on the scene, Quammie, who had sustained a stab wound to his abdomen, had already been transported to the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital for medical attention, prosecutors said.
The court heard that at 9:30 pm the same night, Collins and his attorney walked into the East End Police Station where the accused man expressed a willingness to speak to investigators about the incident.
The court heard that the accused man admitted that he knew the complainant because they attended high school together, but they were not friends.
The court further heard that an eye witness indicated through his statement which was read in court that he saw Collins walking away from Quammie (the complainant) on the day in question.
He said he overheard Quamie telling the accused, “I want my money, or else I am going to mash you up”.
The accused man then told the complainant that he was broke and unemployed but would repay him when he came into some money.
However, the complainant reportedly persisted that he wanted his money right away. It was then that the accused took out a gold coloured knife, the court heard.
The court heard that the complainant reportedly told him that he (Collins) better use the said knife before he (the complainant) struck him. The fight then ensued.
In court, the Crown did not object to bail. They, however, suggested that rigid bail conditions be imposed. Prosecutors further said one of those conditions must be that part of Collins’ bail amount be paid in cash.
Patrick Thompson, the attorney representing the accused, then argued that the eyewitness report contradicted the statement of the complainant.
Thompson said, with those sequence of events, his client has a viable argument of ‘self-defence’. The attorney also pointed out that his client voluntarily walked into the police station to assist with the investigations.
He also said his client is not a flight risk, he has no relevant previous convictions, and as such, should be granted bail under reasonable circumstances.
Magistrate DaBreo agreed with the defence attorney and said no cash component will be attached to the $90,000 bail amount.
She, however, ordered him to have no contact with the complainant or other witnesses. He is to report to the East End Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6 am and 6 pm and surrender all his travel documents.
His matter was adjourned to September 26.
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