Youth remanded for stabbing schoolmate with scissors

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A 17-year-old youth accused of plunging scissors into a schoolmate’s side, damaging his liver during a fight on a bus, has been remanded to prison.

The third form student appeared before St John’s Magistrates’ Court on a charge of wounding with intent to murder.

It is alleged that the defendant and the alleged 18-year-old victim had an argument on a bus after school.

Allegations are that the younger teen pulled a pair of scissors – which his lawyer Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin claimed he carried to school for a science project – and stabbed the other youth.

The victim, a fifth form student, was rushed to Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) where he received treatment and has since been discharged.

Benjamin’s application for bail was refused. The lawyer claims his client was attacked by two people and acted in self-defence.

The incident apparently occurred in Bendals on November 13, 2012, at about 2 pm. Committal proceedings are set for March 26.

(More court news in today’s Daily OBSERVER)