May 13, 2013 News
While justice seems distant for the relatives of Nigel Roy Lowe who was the victim of a vigilante beating, relatives of Alfred Munroe are a little more confident that justice will be served in their case.
The 55-year-old Munroe was beaten to death by a group of persons who accused him of breaking into a boutique at Rose Hall Berbice. The incident occurred on Thursday last, less than 24 hours after a similar incident had occurred in ‘B’ Field, Sophia.
Munroe’s relatives said that they have been reliably informed by ranks investigating their matter that the Director of Public Prosecution has recommended charges for at least four persons. A post mortem which was done on Munroe’s body last Friday revealed that he died as a result of shock and hemorrhage, a direct result of the beating he received. This publication was told that investigators have evidence that would support charges against those in custody.
While Munroe’s relatives are at ease that justice would be served, it clearly would not bring him back from the grave. With more information about the incident now coming to light, it seems as if the brutal attack was just a senseless and cruel act.
The dead man’s sister Marrieta Munroe said that they have since been informed that police ranks did not find evidence supporting the claims of those in custody that there was a break in at the Boutique. Initial reports are that Munroe and a female were beaten by relatives of a Boutique owner who claimed that they had broken into his business. Fortunately the female only suffered minor injuries.
Ms. Munroe said her brother moved to Rose Hall several years ago after a separation from the mother of his three children. Evidently, the woman said, the separation took a tool on her brother who subsequently left his job as a Cane Harvester with GuySuCo. She said that soon after the separation, her brother struck up a relationship with another woman whom the family never appreciated and it was at this point that he turned to drugs.
“All of us came up in a good family and after we found out that Alfred started smoking, we tried everything to get him to stop but nothing never worked.”
The woman insisted that her brother had his own means of supporting his lifestyle. She said he would pick fruits to sell in order to buy his drugs.
“He would go and pick coconuts, mangoes, whichever fruit in season, he would pick and sell and the only thing he would get in trouble for is picking fruits from people trees, he won’t go into house and steal. That’s not him!” she declared.
Ms. Munroe said she last saw her brother a week prior to his death but she always did her best to try to keep up with his whereabouts.
Like Nigel Lowe’s relatives, the Munroes are questioning why persons are taking justice into their own hands.
Following these incidents, the Ministry of Home Affairs and A Partnership For National Unity condemned the acts. Both the Ministry and APNU called on citizens to desist from such practices and allow the law to take its course.
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