‘Dog Food’ stabbed to death in Five Star Backdam
Another murder has rocked Guyana’s gold mining interior, this time it is the death of 21-year-old Lennox Haywood, who succumbed to stab wounds early yesterday morning.
Haywood, called ‘Dog Food’ of Pitt Street, Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara, was stabbed around 22:00 hours on Wednesday during an argument at Lima, Five Star Backdam, in the North West District.
He died almost nine hours later while receiving treatment at the Matthews Ridge Hospital.
Kaieteur News understands that the police have detained a woman and are hunting a male miner in connection with the murder.
News of Haywood’s death has left his relatives and neighbours in a state of shock, with his grandmother, Myrna Bacchus, probably suffering the most.
Speaking with this newspaper via telephone last night, she revealed that Haywood had left for the gold fields since September last year. She disclosed that she last heard from him last month-end when he informed her that he would have been home for the Easter holiday.
However, for some reason, Haywood never came home.
Bacchus recalled that around 04:00 hours yesterday she received a telephone call from a man who told her that he had just brought her grandson out from the backdam to take him to the hospital.
Bacchus said that she enquired from the man what was wrong with Haywood and she was told that something had happened to his neck.
“I thought was the malaria and it must be affect he neck,” she told Kaieteur News.
But a few hours later, she received another telephone call, this time from a woman, who she assumes is a nurse.
After telling the woman that Haywood was her grandson, Bacchus was informed that the young man was critically injured.
“She say he at the hospital and he not looking good, she don’t think that he could make it. She left her number with me, though,” Bacchus said.
It wasn’t too long after that the family received news that Haywood had succumbed.
Bacchus said that she does not know for sure what happened, but she was told that Haywood had returned to his camp and found a man and a woman lying in his hammock.
“I don’t know how he spoke to them, but that is what I was told happened,” the woman stated.
Haywood’s body is expected to be brought to the city sometime today.
The Five Star Backdam has been the scene of many of the serious crimes in the interior within recent times.