Benjai trial begins today

The trial against businessman Maverick DeAbreu is expected to commence today (February 12) before City Magistrate Faith McGusty for allegedly wounding popular Trinidadian Soca artiste, “Benjai”, outside the Palm Court night club in April, last year.

DeAbreu, 25, is charged for unlawfully and maliciously wounding Rodney “Benjai” La Blanc on April 16, 2017 at Palm Court, Georgetown. DeAbreu is currently out on $50,000 bail.

According to reports, on the day in question, the artiste had just wrapped up his performance at Pulse Entertainment’s Soca theme party at the Palm Court Night Club, Georgetown and was standing in a nearby car park in the company of his manager and other people when the driver of a vehicle in the car park reversed into them.

It is alleged that when alerted to the presence of the group, the driver came out and pointed a firearm at “Benjai” and the group. DeAbreu then exited the passenger’s side of the said vehicle and hurled a glass object at La Blanc. He also slashed him to his face with a glass bottle. La Blanc was rushed to a private hospital where he received over 15 stitches for two deep cuts.