Mystery surrounds Canadian’s death
Ricardo Rodrigues execution…
The sudden death of the Canadian Jean La Blanc has raised some amount of suspicion as reports are surfacing about a ‘strange visitor’ giving the patient water mere minutes before he died.
Hospital sources have reported that a ‘dark skin’ man was seen visiting La Blanc shortly before he died.
“This man went at the bed and went gaffing with he and keep asking if he if aint want water and keep insisting that he don’t fatigue heself and he must drink some water,” the source told this publication.
According to reports, shortly after drinking the water La Blanc began vomiting as nurses rushed to his bed side in an attempt to stabilize him. By then, the ‘dark skin’ man had already hurried out of the ward.
Mere minutes later, La Blanc was pronounced dead.
The Canadian was at the time nursing a gunshot wound to his buttocks. According to reports the bullet was lodged close to his spine but doctors had said he was out of harm’s way as he was scheduled to return to his homeland on Tuesday.
La Blanc had said that the police had promised to return his passport and some cash which they had lodged shortly after the shooting.
His death has left some hospital staffers in shock, since they had become fond of the Canadian man since his hospitalization on October 15th.
Some hospital sources said he was always in high spirits and appeared to be well on the road to recovery.
Hospital officials who had been ‘taking care’ of La Blanc since he had no relatives here, said that something about his death doesn’t seem normal. This publication was told that persons visited the injured man earlier in the day he died and he was jovial as usual.
“We carry water up for he and he drink and he was gaffing with us and he tell we that he going home on Tuesday; we even had he stretching out he hand and foot and exercising on the bed,”.
Further, many have expressed the view that while no one is sure what caused the man’s death the Guyana Police Force should have shown a little more attention to the man.
This publication was told that while a police rank was assigned to guard the Canadian, security was very lax.
“There was nobody constantly at this man’s bedside which should have been the case. This man could have been a possible witness in the execution and could have provided information, but when the police ranks guarding they outside watching TV and walking around. Anybody coulda go in to the man bed,” one hospital source said.
Meanwhile, when contacted yesterday Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital, Michael Khan said he has not received any suspicious report surrounding the man’s death.
He noted that the hospital is awaiting the post mortem results which are expected sometime later today.
In an earlier interview, La Blanc said he was holidaying in Guyana and ‘was in the wrong place at the wrong time’. He had told this publication that he arrived in Guyana on October 13 and was expected to leave three days later.
On the day of the shooting he said he was in a taxi passing but asked the driver to stop at the spot to drink a few beers. He claimed that several persons had visited him in the hospital and had promised to inform his family about the incident but “I don’t know if anybody did. Nobody has come and told me that they call.”
On October 15, last, Ricardo Rodrigues was killed when gunmen open fired on him while he was sitting at the Pit Stop Bar which is located at the GMR&SC compound, Albert Street. Three other people, including Le Blanc, were shot.