Friday 24 May, 2019

One in custody after savage knife attack on highway

A 33-year-old man is in custody following the attack on Monday afternoon along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway which left two persons nursing stab wounds.

The suspect is expected to be charged with wounding with intent and for injuring persons via dangerous or “furious” driving.

The latter charge falls under Section 26(1) of the Offences Against the Peron Act which states, inter alia, (1) Any person, having the charge of any vehicle, who, by wanton or furious driving, or other wilful misconduct, or by wilful neglect, does or causes to be done any bodily harm to any person whatsoever, is liable to imprisonment for four years.

Police are hopeful that the individual would be brought before a Port of Spain Magistrate before the end of the day.

The suspect was held after an accident was reported along the Highway yesterday in the vicinity of Aranguez.

Police were told that a man exited the vehicle armed with a knife and confronted the occupants of the other car involved in the accident which was driven by a prison officer.

The prison officer exited the car with a baton and the two men confronted one another during which the officer suffered injuries.

A woman who was in the vehicle with the prison officer at the time attempted to aid the officer, however, she was stabbed in the process.

Police arrived on the scene shortly after and were able to detain the man who was armed with the knife.

None of the injuries, police said, were life-threatening.

More on this as it becomes available.

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