Monday 16 September, 2019

Student remanded in relation to stabbing incidents at school

A student of a vocational institution in Kingston who allegedly stabbed another student in his stomach and neck, and who is also charged in another stabbing incident at the same school, was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday.

Paul Mowatt faces charges of unlawful wounding and wounding with intent.

He is accused of attacking and stabbing another student at the institution on April 8 this year.  The injured student spent four days in hospital

The prosecution contends that Mowatt is a menace who has a penchant for violence and claims he attacked his fellow student in a classroom and inflicted the wounds.

However his attorney, Clifford Smith, took exception to the prosecution‘s description of his client and addressed Senior Parish Judge, Vaughn Smith, in his client’s defence.

“There is something called self-defence. He was at school going up the stairs when two of his schoolmates attacked him. There was a knife on a table and he assisted himself," Smith told the court.

“Fortuitously,” Judge Smith remarked.

However the prosecution pointed out that in another case, Mowatt, was warned by the police, who took a knife from him and told him to leave the area but he did not heed their warning and returned to the scene to stab the other complainant.

He was remanded until June 4 when both cases will be heard.

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