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Two charged with stabbing teenager

Two men appeared in Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy.

Zywonde Lema, 19, and Tayo Smith, 20, were accused of the unlawful wounding of the teenager with intent to do grievous bodily harm and possession of a blade.

Mr Smith was also charged with resisting arrest and using threatening words to a police officer.

The incident is alleged to have happened on February 24 in the area of the Hamilton bus terminal.

The two did not have to enter a plea as their cases must be heard in the Supreme Court.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe released Mr Lema, from Warwick, on $7,000 bail and ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim.

He also ordered Mr Lema to report to Hamilton Police Station three times a week, wear an electronic tag and to stick to a 7pm to 6am curfew.

Mr Wolffe released Mr Smith, from Smith’s, on $5,000 bail and also ordered him to report to Hamilton Police Station three times a week and to have no contact with the alleged victim.

The case was adjourned until July 1.

In a separate case, Mr Lema was also charged with aggravated burglary, alleged to have happened on November 13 last year in Warwick.

It was alleged that he entered a home with a knife and stole earrings, a ski jacket, a knapsack and a kitchen knife.

Mr Lema did not have to enter a plea as the case must also be heard in the Supreme Court.

Mr Wolffe imposed a $7,000 bail, with the same conditions as the earlier bail order and adjourned the case until July 1.

In another separate case, Makya Easton, 18, pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest on February 24 on Church Street.

Maria Sofianos, for the Crown, told the court that Mr Easton had been arrested in connection with the stabbing incident, but was released without charge.

Mr Wolffe released Mr Easton, from Pembroke, on $500 bail and adjourned the case until July 12.

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