– Suspect in custody
Police have arrested one man in connection with the stabbing to death of 33-year-old canecutter Bharrat Tahpaul called ‘Sunil’, of 192 Shieldstown, West Bank Berbice.
The incident occurred around 02:30 hrs yesterday on the Public Road, not too far from the Rosignol Stelling.
According to the man’s wife, 21-year-old Omawatie Basdeo, her husband did not work on Monday. She recounted that he left the house earlier in the day to pay her bills at Rosignol. The woman said that she returned home around 17:30 hrs, but did not see her husband there. She eventually went to bed. Some time during yesterday morning she heard her uncle, Bhim Harold called ‘Popo’ shouting for her, and when she ventured outside he broke the tragic news that her husband had been stabbed and was on the Rosignol Public Road bleeding profusely.
Basdeo said she and her uncle immediately left to go to the scene on her uncle’s bicycle, but they fell in the process. She ran the rest of the distance.
Upon her arrival she saw her husband lying in the middle of the road, it was raining. Blood was all around him and he had a visible wound to the upper part of his back. Police ranks were also present.
The woman stated that she learnt that her husband was drinking with his friends at a bar in Rosignol, when an argument ensued between him and another man, and he was stabbed in the back.
Tahpaul, who worked as a canecutter at the Blairmont Estate and was also a taxi driver, loved to write songs, according to his wife.
She said that he had lived in Suriname for over 18 years and had even written a song in Dutch. He wanted to be a recording artiste.
According to Bhim Harold, he, Bharrat and two others were drinking at various spots on the West Coast.
They eventually ended up at a Snackette on the Rosignol Stelling Road, where an argument developed between Bharrat and another man who was on another table, and Bharrat was stabbed. He said he did not see the stabbing because he was backing them at the time.
Tahpaul was picked up and taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
It was reported that the man’s body was left on the road for some time because none of the vehicles around wanted to transport the injured man to the hospital, stating that they did not want their vehicle to be bloodied.
Kaieteur News understands that the suspect was picked up at his home.
Apart from his wife, Bharrat Tahpaul leaves to mourn his mother, father and one sister. Investigations are continuing and the suspect is likely to be charged shortly .
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