… Little Abary murder
Police have recovered three cutlasses from an outhouse, including the suspected murder weapon that was used in the brutal murder of 33-year-old Maxwell Watson at Little Abary on Friday night, as they continue to gather vital evidence.
Watson was stabbed to death during an attack by his uncle and two other men, who are at present in police custody, following a prolonged family feud.
Investigators returned to the blood-spattered scene of the crime, yesterday, after receiving information that Watson’s attackers had hidden their weapons in the outhouse.
Initially, police were looking for a shotgun, which they believe was also used to confront Watson before he was finally cornered and killed.
However, apart from the butt of the weapon which was recovered shortly after the killing, the police were unable to locate the main component.
Watson collapsed and died on the parapet in front of his yard, while his reputed wife, 20-year old Valarie Niles, received a stab in the back while trying to protect Watson.
The incident which sent shockwaves throughout the village was not totally unexpected since the family, who occupy three houses in one yard, was always engaged in heated arguments with threats of murdering one another being the order of the day.
The police were called upon on several occasions to intervene.
Police yesterday confirmed that they had charged some family member for court tomorrow following assault allegations earlier on Friday.
According to Niles, the problem escalated on Friday when her husband’s uncle who was imbibing began throwing suggestive remarks at her.
“Radika song and all different song ah play and he (the uncle) just deh hollering ‘Ow Valo, Ow Valo. And me husband went home,” Niles related.
She said that she later saw her husband’s uncle going toward their house which is situated at the back of the yard, despite the protestations of his wife.
“I hear she saying, ‘where you going with that cutlass? Wha you callin de people dem wife name for?’”
She said that the man left and came back with a shotgun and began pointing it at her.
Niles said that she called the police at Mahaicony but they took some time in coming.
Police also confirmed that they did receive the call and did hear what appeared to be gunshots.
However, by the time they made the four-mile journey from the Mahaicony Police Station, Watson was already lying dead, while his uncle was standing on the road not too far from his body.
The dead man’s mother told this newspaper that almost everyday, her brother threatened her only son to shoot him and his wife and burn their bodies in the backdam.
It was she who revealed that her brother had a firearm.
“Me carry me pickney ah Mahaicony (police station) plenty times fuh complain. Which day me go till ah Cove and John and report wha dem tell me pickney how dem ah kill am. Nothing nah do; dem (police) just ah warn dem and now me pickney dead,” the woman cried.
She was livid with her elderly mother for supporting her brother in the dispute.
But her mother, who is also the dead man’s grandmother, Chandrowtie, called Chand, told this newspaper on Friday night that Watson was a nuisance to the rest of the family.
She said that she too had been experiencing verbal abuse from him although she did not agree that he should have met his end the way he did.
According to the elderly woman, she heard the commotion but did not know what was taking place since she was in her house at the front of the yard.
And since it was normal for the family to be engaged in such behaviour she did not look out.
However, a few seconds later she saw her son (the alleged killer) running toward the front of the yard with blood on his skin.
“Me son, me nah know wha happen but me see he (victim) run and drop down in front deh,” Chandrowtie told Kaieteur News.
A police source said that charges will be instituted soon, since most of the evidence have been gathered and statements have already been obtained.
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