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Inquiry into attempted murder of elderly man begins

Inquiry into attempted  murder of elderly man begins


The Preliminary Inquiry into the attempted murder of 93-year-old Trinidadian Robert “Bobby” Montano began at the Serious Offences Court yesterday.{{more}}

Recollson Quashie, 18, labourer of Cemetery Hill, Bequia, stands accused of aggravated burglary and attempted murder of Montano.

The incident occurred between 9:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014 and 2 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Gingerbread Apartments, Bequia.

The retired businessman, who cried at times during his testimony, painfully recalled what took place on the fateful night he was allegedly beaten by Quashie.

The elderly man’s nephew and former Prime Minister Sir James Mitchell, who were both in court, were asked to stand around Montano, who is confined to a wheelchair, to console him.

The St Ann’s, Port of Spain resident said he suffered a severe head injury, broken wrist, swollen left hand, damaged optic nerve in the left eye and blood clots on his brain.

According to Montano, he was told by doctors that his injuries had robbed him of at least 10 years of his life.

Montano said he still has to go undergo physical therapy and take medication for his injuries.

As Montano gave his testimony, Quashie stood with his hands behind his back and his chin resting on his chest.

Quashie who was unrepresented, declined to ask Montano any questions during cross-examination.

The matter has been adjourned to February 2, 2015.(KW)