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A 21-year-old miner, who was stabbed during a row over a hammock at 111 Miles Mahdia, Region Eight on Tuesday last, succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Hubert Willi, of Campbelltown Village, Mahdia reportedly took his last breath on Sunday morning.
Based on information received, the now dead young man and the suspect were under the influence of alcohol when the stabbing incident took place.
According to the police, on the day in question, Willi was walking along the Mahdia roadway when he saw the suspect and confronted him about a hammock belonging to him.
An argument ensued between them and it was at this time that the perpetrator became annoyed and dealt the victim two stabs to his body before escaping. He was reportedly stabbed to his right side, lower back and buttocks.
The injured man was picked up and transported to the Mahdia District Hospital but due to the seriousness of the injuries, he was referred and transported to the GPHC to seek further medical attention.
Willi was a patient at the medical institution until his demise at about 10:00h on Sunday. A post-mortem is expected to be performed today.
The suspect was arrested and has subsequently confessed to wounding the now dead man. He is expected to be arraigned with murder when he makes his first court appearance.
The issue of miners being stabbed to death following arguments or altercations continues to increase. Intoxication is usually evident in the circumstances leading to these unfortunate situations.
On Friday last, a teen miner was allegedly killed by a close relative who was also his employer at the time of his demise.
Nineteen-year-old Dave Boyal, a miner of Batavia, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), and other miners were in their hammocks when the alleged perpetrator entered the mining camp.
He appeared intoxicated and commenced cutting down the hammocks that the miners (including Boyal) had tied.
According to the police, Boyal tried to persuade his relative to desist from doing so, and it was during this intervention that the suspect picked up an arrow and fatally stabbed the teenager in the abdomen.
Just last month, alcohol and quick tempers proved to be a deadly mix when another 19-year-old miner was stabbed to death by his associate in a camp at Frenchman, located a few miles from Mabura.
The dead teen, Alex Daniels, was said to be consuming alcohol with his killer when an argument broke out. Persons around intervened but when the duo returned to their camp, the argument escalated and the perpetrator used a knife to stab Daniels in the region of his heart.
In December 2018, another miner lost his life after being allegedly stabbed to death by a Brazilian national whom he was arguing with over bar-b-que sausages.
The suspect, a chef, was said to be engaged in a heated argument with the now dead man over the frying of sausages, which led to the chef allegedly stabbing the man to his chest.
In October last, a gold miner allegedly stabbed a 20-year-old to death as they argued over cigarettes in the Potaro mining community. (Kristen Macklingam)