Wounded man remains on life support

| 13/08/2012

crime-scene-tape.jpg(CNS): A man who was stabbed in the neck while attending a party in Windsor Park, George Town, in June remains in a critical condition on a life support machine. The man accused of inflicting the wounds was denied bail on Friday because of the seriousness of the charges against him. Garry Hurlston denies being the person who stabbed the victim in the neck, but based on the information of a witness at the scene, the crown says Hurlstone is the man who tried to kill him. The crown said Friday that it had a strong case against the defendant and argued against his release on bail.

Speaking on behalf of Hurlston, defence attorney Prathna Bodden of Samson McGrath argued that her client was not the man who stabbed the victim and that the only witness to say so, from a party where many people were gathered, had told the police in the first instance that he did not see who had stabbed the victim.

Acknowledging the seriousness of the charges against her client, who is a father of five children and a self-employed mechanic, the lawyer said he could be released on bail with an electronic tag and strict curfew conditions. With strong ties to the community and an offer of surety, Bodden said Hulston was not a flight risk.

However, Justice Carol Beswick, from Jamaica’s Supreme Court, who is temporarily sitting in Cayman’s Grand Court, denied Hurlston’s bail application “because of the seriousness of the offence” and remanded him to HMP Northward until 24 August, when the accused man will be asked to formally answer the charge of attempted murder.

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