Stick-wielding ‘taxi driver’ granted bail of $10k, but charge of battery on AUA student could be upgraded to wounding

Nicholas Paul Andrew was granted bail when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court on a battery charge.

The 67-year-old Andrew, who is accused of beating an American University of Antigua (AUA) student with a stick, was granted bail in the sum of $10,000 with a $5,000 cash deposit. 

Other conditions of the bail include Andrew reporting to the nearest police station three days each week and surrendering his travel documents.

The matter has been adjourned to March 2.

The prosecutor requested that the charge not be read to the defendant at the time. This is to allow for the charge to be reviewed, with the possibility of upgrading it to a more serious summary offence.

Sources say the charge could be upgraded to wounding based on the doctor’s report.

REAL News understands that the victim, Mahesh Indraganti of Hodges Bay, received injuries all over his body, including to his head.

Andrew, who has been described as a “gypsy” taxi operator, was captured on video beating the university student.

Reports are that the incident took place at Breeze Point Apartments in Langfords on February 17, reportedly over taxi fare.

Further reports are that Andrew is utilized by AUA students because he offers cheaper fares.  However, on the night in question, he allegedly wanted to charge the student at least three times over the agreed price.