Aug 18, 2009 News
A 38-year-old unemployed man was stabbed to death during a brawl on Sunday night outside a North Sophia shop.
Adrian Thomas, called ‘Pyee’, of North Sophia, sustained a gaping wound to the neck at around 21:00 hrs after he had argued with another patron who was allegedly blocking his view while he was watching television.
He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation at around 22:30 hrs but succumbed at around midnight.
Eyewitnesses said that the enraged killer, known as ‘Romo’, kept them at bay for several minutes while chasing the mortally wounded man around the premises.
He eventually left the scene on a bicycle and was still at large yesterday.
Kaieteur News understands that the incident stemmed from a recent grievance between Thomas and the suspect, who had allegedly implicated Thomas in a burglary.
The slain man is a brother-in-law of football coach Gordon Braithwaite. He described the suspect as a menace who would go into hiding after causing trouble in the community.
A woman who owns the shop told Kaieteur News that Thomas was watching television at the premises on Sunday night when the man known as ‘Romo’ arrived.
The shopkeeper said she overheard Thomas say: “Move from in front of me, yuh blocking me.”
The suspect reportedly responded by telling Thomas “from today you will stop —-ing around me.”
With that, the shopkeeper then heard a scuffling, followed by a splashing sound.
On looking outside, the shopkeeper said that she saw Thomas leaning over a nearby trench, with blood gushing from a gaping wound in his neck.
“He said ‘call a taxi, this man bore me.’” But she said that even as people gathered at the scene, the suspect remained at the scene and began to thrown stones at the wounded man, while saying “I got to kill this man.”
Ignoring the onlookers, the suspect began to chase Thomas around the shop, even as blood continued to stream from the victim’s wound. She said that Thomas eventually fled into the nearby St. Stanislaus farm where he collapsed in a clump of bushes.
The suspect failed to find him and eventually fled on a bicycle.
Gordon Braithwaite said that he was at his North Sophia home when a resident informed him that his brother-in-law had been stabbed. On arriving at the scene, he found Thomas lying in the St. Stanislaus College farm.
Braithwaite said Thomas was taken by car to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) around 22:30 hrs.
Thomas was still alive when Braithwaite and other relatives left him in the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit. However, shortly after he (Braithwaite) arrived home, someone from the hospital contacted him to say that Thomas had died.
Thomas’ sister said that her brother’s death stemmed from an incident a week ago, when three men had alleged that her brother had made off with articles from their home.
According to her, Thomas confronted the men who told him that ‘Romo,’ the murder suspect, had implicated him.
She said that her brother had denied stealing the articles.
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