The murder rate in E&F Division climbed to 40 on Sunday following the stabbing to death of a Brazilian at a shop located at Butterfly backdam, Cuyuni.
The victim, known only as ‘Amazon’, was reportedly slain by one of his own countrymen during an argument. The suspect, a 35-year-old Brazilian known only as ‘Labido,’ is still to be detained.
According to reports, the two men were drinking at a shop, which is owned by a Brazilian woman, when an argument broke out between them. ‘Labido,’ who was armed with a knife, reportedly stabbed the victim before fleeing the scene.
More murders have occurred in E&F Division during this year than for the entire year in the same division for 2009 as well as 2010.
Close to 75 percent of these murders have occurred in mining communities, with most being disorderly murders.
In 2009, E&F Division recorded 22 murders for the entire year; with 16 being solved, and 35 for the entire 2010, with 20 cases solved.
According to a source, the murder rate began to pick up in the last two years and was linked to the rising price of gold.
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