– may have to seek overseas treatment
Relatives of Shazaad Shaeed, 48, are considering overseas medical treatment to save his eyesight after the man was doused with a corrosive substance, on Sunday night.
The man, who resides at Supply, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, yesterday told Kaieteur News that he was doused with the corrosive substance by the acquaintance of a neighbour who continuously torments his family.
The man who is now a patient in the Georgetown Public Hospital received extensive burns to his back, chest and face.
Recounting the entire ordeal, Shaeed said that he had already retired to bed when he was awakened by the sound of his dogs barking.
The man said that he heard someone calling out for him and he enquired who it was.
The person identified himself and told Shaeed that he had brought a parcel from his sister. The man said he went to the veranda and saw the man alone.
“After I see is this man come to me and he said my sister sent something with him…I really aint tek it for nothing”.
The man said that he walked outside into the yard and was heading to the person when he noticed another man looking suspicious.
The injured man said his first thought was that he was going to be robbed and he tried to make a quick dash back into his house.
However, as soon as Shaeed turned his back to head into his house, someone threw the substance into his face.
The man began screaming hysterically and shouted for his wife who was upstairs in the family’s house.
The screaming then alerted his sister who lives two doors away.
The woman said she heard her brother screaming and knew it had to be something serious.
She said she quickly dashed to her brother’s house and assisted his wife in getting him to the hospital.
The man said that doctors have hinted to him that he may have to seek overseas medical treatment to save his eye sight.
Meanwhile, a senior police official yesterday dismissed claims that the man may have been part of a gang that robbed a goldsmith at Pearl, East Bank Demerara.
The official said that the man’s story is being checked out and they are investigating the matter. The police have not been able to make any arrests up to press time.
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