Twenty-nine-year-old Sheldon Braithwaite of Lot 119 Mazaruni Street, Guyhoc Park Georgetown succumbed to the injuries he sustained in an altercation with one Troy Maxwell on Friday in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market Square in downtown Georgetown. Maxwell himself is reportedly in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital following that stabbing incident.
Reports are that Maxwell was pushing a cart in the area and one of the wheels ran over Braithwaite’s feet. After Maxwell refused to apologise, the ensuing argument quickly escalated into an altercation, during which Maxwell reportedly pulled out a knife and attacked Braithwaite, stabbing him once to the abdomen and once to the hand.
Braithwaite’s brother, Kevin Braithwaite, upon realizing that his brother was stabbed, allegedly disarmed Maxwell of the knife and dealt him several stabs.
Maxwell reportedly fell to the ground, and Kevin Braithwaite rushed his injured brother to the GPHC while public-spirited citizens reportedly picked up Maxwell and took him there as well.
Contacted, Nicolette Braithwaite, sister of the late Sheldon, explained that the family received a telephone call at about 16:38h on Friday, informing that Sheldon had been stabbed and was in hospital. When family members arrived at the GPHC, the doctor informed that her brother was in a critical state and there was a 50-50 chance of saving his life. She noted that Sheldon had sustained to his stomach a stab wound which reportedly caused severe damage to his lung and liver.
“All we were told was that Sheldon was stabbed by someone pulling a cart during an argument… Apparently the cart ran over my brother’s foot and the man refused to apologise…and this is what led to the stabbing,” she stated.
The aggrieved sister noted that her brother took his last breath at about 20:40h on Friday evening.
This newspaper was told that Maxwell would usually provide push-cart service for people in the Stabroek Market area; while Braithwaite, a father of one, who had worked for some time in the hinterland, had been a poultry farmer who reared sheep, chickens and other livestock.
While the police have not released an official statement on the stabbing incident, Guyana Times understands that they are seeking to apprehend Kevin Braithwaite to assist in investigating the incident. His father has said that if the police want to find his son, who is still traumatized by the incident, they have an address.
The late Sheldon Braithwaite leaves to mourn his six-year-old son, parents, and four siblings. His body is at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination on Wednesday. Police are continuing their investigations.