Bandits shoot mother, son during Foulis robbery
A young Enmore businessman and his mother are nursing gunshot wounds as a result of another bandit attack on the East Coast of Demerara last evening.
The businessman, Prem Nauth, was wounded in his right waist while his mother, Latchmandai, was shot in her left hand by the bandits who escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Yesterday’s attack certainly caused the Nauths to recall a similar attack that ended the life of the patriarch of the family a few years ago.
The family operates a business at Logwood, Enmore, but has their home less than a mile away at 18th Street, Foulis.
Relatives who accompanied the injured victims to the hospital could not give details of what transpired.
However, reports reaching this newspaper stated that they had just finished business for the day and were about to enter their yard when the bandits struck.
From all indications, the four bandits had been monitoring the family’s movements over a period of time, since according to an eyewitness, they secured themselves in some nearby bushes and waited for the family to arrive home.
A source in the area told Kaieteur News that Prem Nauth was driving the family vehicle, with his mother in the front passenger seat, while his younger brother Kishwar sat at the back.
After arriving at their house, the younger brother got out the car and was opening the gate when one of the bandits who had secured himself near the entrance pushed him aside and made his way towards the car. Prem Nauth saw what was happening and hurriedly drove the car into the yard in an attempt to escape from the bandit who was by then joined by three other accomplices.
As Prem Nauth and his mother were trying to exit the vehicle, the bandits discharged two rounds, one of which struck Latchmandai on her hand and the other grazing her son’s waist.
The younger brother by this time had managed to run to safety.
The bandits, meanwhile, grabbed a bag containing the family’s business sales for the day and made good their escape over a trench and into the nearby village of Paradise.
The incident lasted less than three minutes.
The sound of the gunshots alerted nearby residents who waited until the bandits had fled before going to the family’s assistance.
Police were alerted but by the time they responded, the bandits had already vanished.