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Espinal charged with Attempted Murder

In a trial without a jury, Justice Adolph Lucas today reserved his decision for December 7 for 20-year-old Inmas Espinal, charged with the attempted murder of Jose Antonio Saravia. The incident occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 15, 2012 on Rose Cousin Street. Saravia testified that he was passing by Epinal’s house when Espinal came out of his house armed with a knife and stabbed him once in his abdomen. Espinal testified and said that he was coming from Caanan High School, where he attended and was heading home when he was attacked by Saravia who had a glass Coca-Cola bottle in his hand. He said Saravia feinted a blow at him with the bottle and when he lowered his head, Saravia hit him on the back of his head with the bottle and the bottle broke. Espinal said he picked up the broken bottle and stabbed Saravia once in his abdomen. Dr. Emmerson Munguia, who examined Saravia, testified that there were two stab wounds to his abdomen. Saravia was cross-examined for 14 days by Espinal’s attorney Hubert Elrington. The Crown was represented by Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell. The trial began on November 3.