Man succumbs after being set afire by workmate
Hours after reaching the city for medical attention, 26-year-old Ryan Junior Bristol, who was turned into a human torch a few days ago succumbed to his injures.
According to reports, Bristol of Quamina Street, Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, was doused with gasoline and set ablaze by one of his colleague at a mining camp in Mahdia. The dead man’s mother, Lileth Bristol related that she received a telephone call on Friday morning from her son’s employer who informed her about the incident.
According to Mrs. Bristol her son and the other workers in the camp retired to bed as per normal on Thursday evening. However, everyone was aroused after they heard a verbal exchange between the now dead Bristol and his attacker.
“The boss man said that this man pick up the cutlass and went to Ryan hammock and start lashing he and telling he come out the hammock so my son tell the man he ain’t coming out the hammock”.
According to reports from the area the man ran to the kitchen area in the camp, came back to the hammock and doused Bristol with the gasoline before lighting the match. By the time other workers realized what the man had done, Bristol was set afire and trapped in the burning hammock which was covered with a mosquito net. He screamed for help.
“They tell we that he run toward the water but they had to stop him and he just roll up in the sand and eventually they carry he to Mahdia Hospital”. The man’s mother said they had been in contact with him while he was hospitalized in Mahdia and he related to them that he was fine. Mrs. Bristol said her son’s employer made several attempts to get her son on a flight to Georgetown for better treatment but his efforts were frustrated as no vacant seat was available on a flight until yesterday morning.
“The man tell we that the people on the flights didn’t want give up their seat and as soon as they bring him down he dead.”
Meanwhile, the man who carried out the attack, Lloyd Watson, was yesterday arraigned in court charged with attempted Murder.
Watson made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. Chief Magistrate Ms. Priya Beharry remanded him to prison until July 18, 2012. However, a source close to the investigation said that, that charge will be withdrawn and a murder charge is expected to be instituted.