Woman charged with wounding husband granted bail

33-year-old MANDY PHILLIP, charged with maliciously wounding her common-law husband. was granted $60,000 bail with a surety. (Image: TTPS)

A 33-year-old woman charged with maliciously wounding her common-law husband has been granted $60,000 bail with a surety, and she will face the courts once more in January.

An official release from the Police Service notes that MANDY PHILLIP, of Jaggan Village, Saddle Road, Santa Cruz, will appear in court again on Monday 11 January 2021, after her case was postponed on Monday 14 December 2020.

The TTPS release reports that on Wednesday 9th December 2020, at about 11:15 pm, the 44-year-old victim and the accused MANDY PHILLIP were at home when they had an argument. It was reported that the accused became annoyed and allegedly took a black handle knife and a silver nine-inch blade and stabbed her husband in his lower back, causing blood to flow.

The victim reportedly ran outside and called out to his mother who contacted the Emergency Health Services and the Police.

Upon arriving at the scene, PC Holder and WPC Johnson, of the Santa Cruz Police Station interviewed the victim, who also pointed out the accused. A knife was recovered at the scene, and the accused was arrested and conveyed to the San Juan Police Station.

The victim was subsequently taken by Emergency Health Services for medical attention at the Port of Spain General Hospital, where he received several stitches and was warded.

A written statement from the victim was recorded at the Port of Spain General Hospital on Thursday 10th December 2020, prior to his being discharged the following day, Friday 11th December 2020.  In addition, a medical certificate was obtained on his behalf from the Port of Spain General Hospital. The TTPS says police officers on the case also recorded statements from other witnesses.

The matter was referred to the Gender Based Violence Unit, North Eastern Division, while the victim was also referred to the TTPS Victim and Witness Support Unit.

Following further investigation, the accused—MANDY PHILLIP—was formally charged with malicious wounding on Saturday 12 December 2020.  She appeared before the Port of Spain First Magistrates’ Court in a virtual hearing on Monday 14th December 2020.

Investigations were spearheaded by Superintendent (Ag) Claire Guy-Alleyne and supervised by Inspector Lystra Bridglal, of the Gender Based Violence Unit.