Trois Piton man allegedly chops ex-lover in argument over another man

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Trois Piton man allegedly chops ex-lover in argument over another man

A Trois Piton man appeared in court yesterday, charged for severely wounding his ex-lover with a machete.

Patrick Alphonse, charged with one count of maiming Judy Paul and one count of assault on Alexander Jules, was offered bail of $3,500.

Allegations are that at the time of the incident Paul and Alphonse were no longer in a relationship, and that Jules, who is a friend of Paul, was at her residence when Alphonse arrived.

Alphonse, it is alleged, got into an argument with Jules which resulted in the assault. Paul, who was chopped when she allegedly intervened, is still a patient at Victoria Hospital, and St. Lucia News Online understands that she may not have full use of her left arm due to the severity of the wound.

In court yesterday, prosecutor Andre Ettiene did not object to bail, saying Alphonse, who was not represented by legal counsel, is employed as a painter and has no previous convictions.

Magistrate Christine Phulchere ordered bail in the amount of $500 or suitable surety on the assault charge and $3,000 or suitable surety on the charge of maiming.

Alphonse was further ordered to surrender all travel documents, including his National ID card, have no contact with either Jules or Paul, and to report weekly to the Marchand Police Station.

The matter was adjourned to December 7, 2012.

SNO will provide more information about this matter later.

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