Two men were apprehended in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) for their alleged involvement in the beating to death of a 32-year-old fruit vendor at Tuschen Squatting Area, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).
Based on information received, the now dead man, Sherwin Shafeek, called “Coolie Boy” formerly of Springlands, Corriverton, Berbice, was at the home he shared with his common-law wife when an argument broke out between them.
Moments prior to the argument, the couple was seen at a birthday party in close proximity to their home. However, Guyana Times understands that the man had accused the woman of being unfaithful to him.
Nevertheless, the argument escalated into a scuffle during which the woman started to scream. The two suspects reportedly heard the commotion and informed others after which they went to inquire.
According to Divisional Commander Edmond Cooper, the two men rushed in the house and started to hit the now dead man about his body and head with a piece of wood. He reportedly fell to the ground with blood oozing from his mouth and nostrils.
However, the woman took the injured husband to the Leonora Cottage Hospital on Saturday morning where he later succumbed to the injuries.
The woman told investigators that after the incident on Friday evening, she did not have money to pay for a taxi to take her injured husband to seek medical attention. The Commander told Guyana Times that the man’s body was swollen with several marks of violence.
His body was taken to the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem. Meanwhile, the two men who carried out the brutal attack were apprehended in Bartica and are being transported to Georgetown for interrogation.
Investigations are ongoing.