A MAN who allegedly threw a stone that struck and fractured the skull of a four-month-old baby, was yesterday committed to stand trial before a judge and jury.
Peter Ramjit was placed on $250,000 bail, one of the highest bail amounts that Deputy Chief Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan said he has ever set.
Rambachan said the State presented "quite an adequate prima facie case" and Ramjit had absconded in the past.
The magistrate yesterday over-ruled submissions made by defence attorney Ainsley Lucky and upheld the submissions of police prosecutor Ramdath Phillip.
The prosecution called four witnesses in the two-month-long enquiry.
The State heard evidence from the baby's father Sheldon Nanan, two police officers and Darryl Laldeo, who was standing next to the pram in which the child was laying.
Ramjit of Bonne Aventure Road, Gasparillo, was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm to Britney Nanan on the April 29, 2007.
Following his committal yesterday, Ramjit was given a form to sign. But Lucky said his client "never attended school one day in his life."
He asked for a stamp pad to be made available for Ramjit to place his thumb print on the document.
Ramjit was then placed on $250,000 bail after there was no objection from the prosecution.
Rambachan said it was one of the highest sums he had ever set for bail but this was to ensure that Ramjit attended the High Court for the matter.
"It was quite an adequate prima facie case...given the age of the alleged victim and it was quite a substantial injury. We have to ensure that he attends High Court," he said.
Ramjit had failed to attend the Magistrates' Court in the past and twice warrants had to be taken out for his arrest. It took a year before Ramjit was held on the last occasion, and Rambachan refused him bail. Ramjit remained in custody during the course of the trial.