Thirty-one-year-old Howard Bovell, formerly of Retrieve, Linden, and of Aroaima, Berbice River, succumbed at the Linden Hospital Complex yesterday, shortly after arriving there with a gaping wound to the neck.
The man reportedly had his throat slit at a nightclub in Aroaima while celebrating his reputed wife’s birthday on Tuesday night.
According to reports, Bovell was partying with his reputed wife, Yonette Cobis, when he received the fatal wound. The attack reportedly occurred after the now dead Bovell reprimanded the suspect for interfering with Cobia, his reputed wife.
Kellon Phillips, a cousin of the deceased, said that he passed Bovell earlier in the evening in front of the club, and he promised him to visit the facility later that night.
Phillips said that he however returned to the club shortly after hearing shouts from within.
“I hear the music stop and I know that he and he girl does get problems, so I run in the place and see he and a man scuffling,” Phillips said.
He stated that other persons in the disco pulled the two warring men apart but Bovell was still desperately trying to get to his opponent.
“I snatch he and I feel blood. I pull he outside and tell he dat he neck get cut. But he blood so hot that he ain’t even know he get cut,” Phillips related.
According to Phillips it would appear as if another man had joined in the fight and slit Bovell’s throat with a razor.
“He get cut from behind. The cut come from he throat to he ears.”
The dead man’s cousin is convinced that the altercation resulted from Bovell’s reputed wife being ‘friendly’ with another man.
“When she come outside he tell she go home because is she cause it,” Phillips said.
He said that from reports he received, Bovell’s reputed wife and the man with whom he had the fight shared a relationship.
He explained that the same man was in the bar and was talking to another woman when Bovell’s reputed wife became jealous.
The woman left Bovell and approached the man in a sensual manner and he in turn held unto her shoulder.
This angered Bovell who attacked the man resulting in a fight.
According to Phillips, as Bovell was getting the better of his opponent, the man’s brother who was also at the disco intervened and it was then that Bovell was slashed.
The suspected murder weapon was reportedly found at the home of Bovell’s attacker.
The injured Bovell was subsequently taken to the Health Centre at Aroaima but was later transferred to the Linden Hospital Complex.
He arrived in Linden at approximately 1:30 hrs yesterday, but died before he could be transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
“The amount of blood he pitch on me, he de done panting fuh breath,” Phillips told Kaieteur News
Bovell’s mother said that the Nurses and Doctors at the Linden Hospital fought valiantly to save her son’s life but their efforts proved futile.
The man was reportedly last seen by his mother on Sunday, when he visited Linden, to play the 20/20 cricket at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground.
According to Phillips, the incident has put a damper on the Heritage Month celebrations in the community.
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