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Man accused in 'acid' attack remanded

MICHAEL ANTHONY LAOE, the man charged in the connection with the dousing of a woman with acid at the Constant Spring Tax Office in St Andrew, was remanded in custody when he appeared in court on Wednesday.

Laoe, a 40-year-old battery technician, is before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on charges of conspiracy and aiding and abetting assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. He was charged last Friday after he was handed over to the police.

The police are alleging that Laoe had a hand in an incident on June 10 when a woman was burnt with acid. The woman was said to have suffered third degree burns to 40 per cent of her body and is still in hospital in a critical condition.

When the matter came before Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey, Laoe's attorney Althea Grant applied for bail on behalf of her client. She told the court that her client was at home on the morning of the incident and was not at the location. She added that her client should also be given bail since he had turned himself over to the police.

But Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey was unmoved and set a July 14 date for the matter to be mentioned.

Allegations are that on June 10 at about 8:30 a.m., the complainant, who is Laoe's wife, was doused with acid after disembarking a bus and entering the compound of the Constant Spring Tax Office. Her name has not been released by the police since the incident.

The woman, who is originally from Portland, was badly burnt and the man who allegedly doused her was chased and beaten to death by a mob.

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