Police are currently intensifying the hunt for a man who is allegedly responsible for the death of 41-year-old gold miner, Mikel Huntley, in the Ikawan, Cuyuni River area.
Huntley, a father of two, was reportedly doused with petrol and set alight on Boxing Day, following an argument with the alleged killer. He subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
The victim’s sister, Hermina Griffith, said that the killer is a fellow miner from the area. She was told that the two men were involved in an altercation earlier in the night.
“Because he (Huntley) came out better in the altercation, the miner was annoyed with my brother” related Griffith, who then said that the miner told her brother, “We will deal with you later.”
According to her when Huntley returned to his residence later in the night, he and the other occupants heard the yard dogs barking. Huntley went to investigate
It was while Huntley was investigating the matter that he was doused with gasoline and subsequently set on fire by a man, starting a loud commotion in the yard.
Meanwhile, the other occupants of the residence heard the raucous yard commotion, when they went out to see what was happening they reported seeing a man in flames running towards a nearby creek.
However, the burning man fell before reaching the creek; but people extinguished the flames and used a hammock to wrap his body.
Despite efforts to save the gold miner, Huntley end up dying from his injuries.
Griffith related that the entire incident had to happen in the wee hours of the morning as many of the businesses were closed.
Kaieteur News understands that Griffith’s brother was to return from mining operations in time for the Christmas holidays, as their mother, Agnes Huntley, is in the country to spend the season with her 12 children.
Griffith said that her mother is still distraught at the death of her son as he was described as being a very kind, jovial and loving son.
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