A woman was on Friday night charged with wounding in connection with the injury that Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves received during a protest outside Parliament on Thursday evening, local reports say.
The woman, identified as Annamay Lewis, was denied station bail and will be held at a police station throughout the weekend, pending a court appearance on Monday in the Vincentian capital, Kingstown.
However, News 784 quoted Lawyer Kay Bacchus-Baptiste as saying that her client, whom the police picked up on Thursday evening and accused of wounding the Vincentian leader, was forced into making a confession.
“She said she never pelt a stone; she said she never even had one in her hand, but she confessed. The way they had her there, she admitted, or they got her to sign a statement without a lawyer, that she did it and she wants to apologise to the Prime Minister,” the online publication quoted the attorney as saying.
According to News 784, Bacchus–Baptise said she asked her client repeatedly why she wanted to apologise but she could not answer.
“Now I’m learning that she is not all there, so they are playing on the fact that she’s not very focused. They took her down to the hospital in the police van to talk to the Prime Minister on Thursday; of course, she was there a long time, and that did not happen”.
Prime Minister Gonsalves, who celebrates his 75th birthday on Sunday, was injured when he was struck in the head with an object as he walked among protesters to Parliament around 5:15 pm on Thursday.
He was flown to Barbados later in the night for further treatment and was due back home on Saturday.
The Vincentian leader posted on Facebook that he had suffered a concussion and will have to be monitored over the next four to six weeks.
“By the grace of God almighty, I am doing well and on the mend. It is confirmed that there are no neurological deficits,” Gonsalves said.
“I take this assault as not just an injury, but, also look to the intent of the throwing of this projectile at me. The intent was to cause grave harm, even death,” he asserted.
“By all means, exercise your right to protest, but, that gives you no right to do violence toward anyone,” the Vincentian leader declared.