Chinese businessman gets bail on charge of seriously wounding customer
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The Chinese businessman who was arrested and charged after he stabbed one of his customers during a dispute between them last week, was granted bail when he appeared in the St Ann Parish Court on Wednesday.
Thirty-two-year-old Oing Huang of Brown's Town in the parish, was slapped with a charge of wounding with intent on the weekend after the customer suffered serious intestinal damage from a wound to the abdomen.
Presiding Parish Judge Michelle Salmon offered Huang bail in the sum of $250,000 with one or two sureties.
In addition, the judge ordered Huang to report to the Brown's Town Police Station on Mondays and Fridays between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The accused is also to surrender his travel documents, and a stop order has been placed on him at the ports of exit from the country.
Judge Salmon said her decision to grant bail was based on self-defence being raised in the case.
There have also been reports that the incident was captured on CCTV footage.
It was reported that sometime after 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, an argument developed between a man and the Chinese businessman at a store in Brown's Town.
However, before things escalated, a security guard allegedly intervened and the argument came to an end, with the man then leaving the store.
But he is reported to have later re-entered the store and reportedly threw a chair at the businessman, whom he allegedly then rushed at.
During an ensuing melee, the businessman allegedly stabbed the man in the abdomen.
The police were alerted and the injured man was assisted to the hospital, where he was admitted and underwent emergency surgery on the weekend.
The case against the businessman who was taken into police custody was not mentioned in court until Wednesday because on Monday there was no judge available to hear the matter.