Residents of Riverview, Ruimveldt, are shocked at the behaviour of one of the young men in the village. This man is currently in hiding after stabbing his neighbour in the neck with a broken bottle on Phagwah night.
Twenty-two-year old Mohamed Shafeek, aka “Shabba” of 28 Riverview spent the entire day out of his house celebrating the festival of Phagwah.
He was returning from the “Colour Fest Show” at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara, when he witnessed some of his fellow villagers arguing and attempting to “pick a fight” with another young man.
According to his sister, Linda Singh, her brother told a neighbour named Shawn, that the group of men “know who to take advantage on” and Shawn eventually “rushed up to Shabba and pulled a wood on him”.
It was reported that Shawn also told Shabba, “Yuh lucky me dogs gone else I woulda kill you”. Linda stated that Shabba was going to sleep over by his girlfriend who lives a few doors from their home but the girl’s gate was locked and he had to walk all the way around the house.
Kaieteur News was told that some time later, Shabba, who was in the company of his girlfriend and a few of their friends, went to a shop at the front of the street where Shawn broke a bottle, sneaked behind Shabba and stabbed him.
An eyewitness said that blood began to spurt on Shabba’s girlfriend and his friends even as Shawn quickly made his escape while Shabba collapsed.
His girlfriend and his friends then rushed him to the Ruimveldt Police Station where they tried to file a report.
Linda stated that she was told that the police refused to assist her brother and that the group of friends along with the bleeding Shabba were forced out of the said police station without being issued any attention.
But at the Ruimveldt Police Station, the officers explained that Shabba was never “put out of the station”.
In fact, one officer stated that a plain clothes police rank stopped a friend who is a taxi driver and rushed the injured man to the GPHC, since the ranks had telephoned for an ambulance but it was taking too long to arrive.
Kaieteur News understands that in a matter of a few minutes, after seeing Shabba losing a lot of blood, and not being able to get any form of public transportation, the police rank did his best to save the man’s life by preventing him from losing more blood before the ambulance could arrive.
He was then taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for emergency medical treatment as he had lost a lot of blood.
According to his mother, Lynette Singh, Shabba is conscious and recovering slowly. He is able to speak, although the bottle punctured the vein in his neck.
She said that he told the family, “Chucky-stone (Shawn) stab me in me neck and run away”.
Shawn is currently in hiding. Residents in the area say that his grandparents “have him in hiding”. Some villagers told this publication that Shawn is usually in trouble with the law but would “go into hiding until the stories die down”.
They referred to another case where he badly chopped a man’s hand and his grandparents hid him by a relative until the matter “was forgotten”.
This newspaper was told that the incident occurred around 20:30 hrs (08:30pm) and police ranks are yet to apprehend the culprit.
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