Gold miner Jahave Browne was reportedly slain during an argument with another man over the sale of an illegal gun, police disclosed yesterday.
A police official confirmed that investigators are in possession of reports that 23-year-old Browne was arguing with a man who had sold him an illegal, defective firearm before he was gunned down at Omai.
While his killer is still at large, investigators have identified the suspect, known as ‘Ratty Zandow’, as an individual whose brother was charged earlier this year for killing two men. One of the victims was shot dead at Linden, while the other was stabbed to death at a house on the East Bank of Demerara. Police believe that the suspect and his brother are linked to the marijuana trade.
Brown,e of Helena, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara was found on Monday afternoon, lying on a trail at a location called Bonehead, situated near the popular gold mining site, with a bullet hole in his chest.
According to reports police have received, Browne and the suspect were arguing about the illegal firearm that the young miner had allegedly bought from the suspect. It is alleged that Browne had told the other man that the firearm was not working properly.
Shortly after, persons in the area reportedly heard three explosions, and subsequently found Browne lying dead with gunshot injuries to the left side chest, back and head.
Kaieteur News understands that a post mortem revealed that the victim died from perforation of the lungs due to gunshot injuries.
The slain man’s grandmother, Ursula Browne, told Kaieteur News she had not seen her grandson since he left for the interior more than a year ago and had no information about the circumstances that led to his death.
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