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A 31-year-old man from was remanded in custody after appearing in court on Monday charged with stabbing a woman to death, in July.

Stanley Gittens, 31, of Main Street, Beetham Gardens, appeared before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s Court charged with murdering Tyesha De Souza on July 29.

According to reports, around 4 am, Gittens and De Souza were driving along Charlotte Street in Port-of-Spain when they became embroiled in a heated argument near to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

De Souza, 21, of Trou Macaque, Laventille, got out of the vehicle and attempted to run away. Gittens chased after her and stabbed her several times.

He fled the scene and was eventually arrested by soldiers, who were on patrol in east Port-of-Spain.

Although the incident occurred within walking distance of the hospital, doctors were unable to save De Souza, who died on the operating table.

Gittens is expected to reappear in court on September 13.

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