QUEEN'S COUNSEL Karl Hudson-Phillips is among three attorneys who have been retained by Gregory Wight, the man who was allegedly assaulted by the son of Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh.
Wight showed up in the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court yesterday together with his attorneys Hudson-Phillips, Margaret Clarke and Elaine Greene when the matter against Shane Aleong was called before Senior Magistrate Annette McKenzie.
The three lawyers have not been retained to prosecute the matter but are only seeking the interest of the victim, the Express was told.
Aleong is accused of assaulting Wight, 56, with a cutlass while he was purchasing doubles outside Brooklyn Bar in Woodbrook on the morning of September 19.
Additionally, Aleong, 28, of Ellerslie Park, Maraval, is charged with possession of a weapon and using obscene language. He is represented by defence attorneys Ravi Rajcoomar and John Heath.
When the matter was called yesterday, police prosecutor Sgt Rawle Ramharack disclosed the station diary extract from the Woodbrook Police Station, a medical certificate which was obtained by Wight following the alleged incident, and a search warrant in the name of Shane Aleong to the defence.
Ramharack said when the matter is recalled on December 18, further disclosure will be made.
Aleong first appeared before McKenzie last Tuesday and was granted bail in the sum of $25,000 or a cash alternative of $10,000.
However, he was unable to secure the bail bond before the closure of the court on that day, resulting in him having to spend the night at the Port of Spain prison on Frederick Street.
The next day he was released after one of his attorneys deposited a certified cheque to the court in the sum of $10,000.
He surrendered last Monday to officers of the Port of Spain Criminal Investigations Department (CID), two weeks after a video recording showing a man hitting Wight twice to the leg with the flat side of a cutlass went viral on social networking sites.