Burn victim dies after allegedly identifying man who set her alight
Thirty-two-year-old burn victim Ann Marie Inlall died last Friday at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) days after she reportedly confessed to a nurse that someone had deliberately set her alight.
But ranks at the Grove Police Station have reportedly not been informed of this development and the alleged perpetrator has not been detained.
This newspaper was reliably informed that Ann Marie Inlall, of Lot 299, Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, was set alight on October 23 during a quarrel with a man who is known to her family. The row reportedly stemmed from a property dispute.
Ann Marie’s relatives were reportedly told that the woman had finished frying plantains on a kerosene stove and accidentally set herself alight while trying to blow the flames out.
It is alleged that the woman’s reputed husband threw a bucket of water on her to douse the flames.
According to reports, Ann Marie’s reputed husband took her to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, but after being asked to “wait” took her to a private hospital in the city for treatment.
She spent six days in this hospital but was eventually transferred to the GPHC’s Burns Care Unit.
Relatives stated that days before Ann- Marie died, whenever they tried to talk with the victim, the man suspected of burning her would always ‘come’ and interrupt the conversation and “never leave us alone with her.”
But it is alleged that while a nurse was cleaning Ann- Marie’s wounds on Friday, the patient confessed to the nurse that a male acquaintance had set her alight.
Based on information, Leon was taken into police custody on October 27 and released until the post mortem was conducted.
When this newspaper visited the man’s house, relatives denied that he resided there and also claimed not to know Ann Marie.
However, neighbours who spoke to Kaieteur News insisted that the alleged perpetrator was hiding in the house while this newspaper was there.
Kaieteur News understands that ranks at the Grove Police Station have not been notified about Ann Marie’s alleged deathbed statement.