Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Moruga fisherman in court after victim doused in puncheon, set alight

A 36-year-old man, who is said to be the brother of a police officer, appeared before a Rio Claro Magistrate for setting a man on fire.

The accused is Richie Rebiero, a fisherman who resides in Moruga.

He appeared before Senior Magistrate Rae Roopchand charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Raymond La Fortune in Moruga.

La Fortune was allegedly doused with puncheon and set on fire on Easter Monday (April 22, 2019).

Cpl Woods was the complainant (charging officer) in the matter.

Rebiero was represented by defence attorney Petronilla Basdeo.

The State was represented by police prosecutor Sgt Shazeed Mohammed.

When the matter was called, Basdeo made an application for bail on behalf of her client, noting that he had no pending or previous matters before the courts.

The court was told that Rebiero even surrendered to police on Monday when it was made public that he was being sought by the police, and has aided with their inquiries since.

La Fortune, the court was told, remains warded in a stable condition at the San Fernando General Hospital.

After further submissions, bail was granted at $100,000.

The matter was adjourned to May 29.

More on this as it becomes available.

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