Man murdered over $500 cocaine debt
- suspect caught hiding in bushes near river
A brawl over a $500 cocaine debt ended brutally at around 01:00 hrs yesterday with a 34-year-old drug addict from Herstelling, East Bank Demerara being knifed to death by the man he had allegedly owed.
Eon Daniels, of Hassan Street, was slashed in the stomach while fighting on the roadway.
He died about an hour later at the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital.
His alleged killer fled the scene but was captured yesterday afternoon while hiding in bushes in an area known as the Herstelling sea dam.
A police source said that the suspect, who is a distant relative of the victim, has claimed that Daniels owed him $500 for cigarettes. He reportedly also denied killing Daniels.
However, Kaieteur News was told that Daniels had taken a $500 packet of cocaine on credit from the suspect about a week ago. He promised to honour the debt but never did.
According to reports, the suspect and Daniels had an altercation earlier in the day, but the matter was not resolved.
At around 01:00 hrs yesterday, the two men were in front of a Hassan Street residence where a birthday party was in progress, when the man again confronted Daniels. A fight then ensued.
An eyewitness said that both men appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
He recalled that one of the men was armed with a knife while the other was brandishing a ‘pot-spoon.’
The man said that he assumed at first that they were in jest, but realised that they were actually fighting when the man slashed Daniels in the stomach.
According to the eyewitness, the injured man walked away from the scene but then collapsed near a bridge in Hassan Street. He was placed in a taxi and rushed to the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital where he died at around 02:00 hrs.
Daniels’ assailant had meanwhile fled the scene.
Kaieteur News understands that residents assisted police in tracking him to his hideout near the ‘sea-dam.’
Residents described the slain man as a friendly individual who did odd jobs in the community.
Kaieteur News was told that there is a high incidence of drug addition and alcoholism in sections of Herstelling.