A 19-year-old man who is accused of pelting his father with a cutlass causing it to pierce his chest during an argument was on Monday committed to stand trial for manslaughter at the Berbice High Court.
Rashane Joseph called ‘John Crow’ of Lot 114 Spencer Street, Ithaca, West Berbice was committed by Magistrate Peter Hugh following a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) at the Blairmont Magistrate’s Court.
Joseph was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on August 16, 2020, at West Berbice, he unlawfully killed his father, Collin Joseph called ‘Underdog’.
After the PI, Magistrate Hugh ruled that a prima facie case was made out against Rashane to put him on trial by a jury before a judge for the killing of his father. As such, the accused was committed to stand trial at the next practicable sitting of the Berbice Criminal Assizes.
Rashane was, however, released on $100,000 bail pending the hearing and determination of the High Court trial.
According to reports, on the day in question, Rashane was at a shop when his father entered and started an argument. He then took his cutlass and chopped up Rashane’s tennis roll and soda which he had bought and also tore a thousand-dollar bill that the young man had on him.
They Break News understands that Rashane ran home to avoid a violent confrontation with his father, but his father followed him home and insisted that he come out of the house.
Another argument arose and it was then that Collin pelted his son with a cutlass, but missed him. Rashane then picked up the said cutlass and pelted it at his father, hitting him directly and piercing his chest.