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A man from Freeport, who allegedly chopped his wife in a drunken rage, has been denied bail after appearing in court.

Harvie Ragoonath was remanded into custody yesterday after appearing virtually before Magistrate Debby Ann Bassaw to answer the charge that arose out of an incident at the family home last Thursday.

Ragoonath was charged under Section 12 of the Offences Against the Person Act with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Ragoonath was not called upon to plead to the chargewhich carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison upon conviction.

During the hearing, police prosecutors objected to bail for Ragoonath as they claimed that he allegedly committed the offence whilst on bail for a sexual offence charge. They also pointed out that Ragoonath’s wife is still hospitalised while recovering from injuries to her head and hands.

Ragoonath’s lawyer Bhimal Maharajh challenged the objection as he claimed that the previous charge was dismissed. Maharajh also stated that Ragoonath is the sole breadwinner in his family and supported his children, who are currently staying with relatives.

Maharajh also pointed out that Ragoonath suffered an injury to his hand and requires urgent medical attention.

Bassaw eventually dismissed the bail application which will be reconsidered once Maharajh provides a court extract proving the dismissal of the previous charge.

Ragoonath is expected to reappear in court on August 5.