Apr 26, 2017 News Comments Off on Bagotstown man stabbed to death in illegal water connection row
Mark Ifill , 42, of no fixed place of abode was yesterday stabbed to death by Sheldon Bowen, called ‘Muslim’, after a heated row over an illegal water connection from which the two men were collecting water.
According to a resident, some time around 10:00 hours, yesterday, the two men were collecting water from the connection when the disagreement started.
The woman said the argument stemmed from the fact that the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) was in the area doing their rounds and Bowen was peeved that Ifill, called ‘Yankie’ was still utilizing the services of the illegal connection.
She said that the argument between Bowen and Ifill laboured on for some time since Ifill who does odd jobs around the community was unmindful of GWI’s presence and continued to collect his water.
The upset woman related that a fight ensued some time after the argument and residents that were nearby separated the two combatants. She said that Bowen left and those that witnessed the altercation thought the issue was settled.
The woman said to her surprised Bowen returned armed with a gun that had an empty magazine and slapped Ifill across the face with the gun. Another altercation started.
She recounted that after the slap, the gun fell and upon seeing the empty magazine Ifill, who was deported from the United States of America in 2004 attacked Bowen.
Some time during the second altercation Ifill fell to the ground and it was at this juncture that Bowen ‘whipped out’ a knife that was concealed in his waist and started to slash at his opponent.
By this time the Ifill had gotten hold of a piece of wood and attempted to ward off the attack. The woman said all this time residents looked on helplessly as the attack unfolded.
The woman said suddenly she heard Ifill exclaim “You all call the ambulance’. The woman said she saw blood gushing out from a single wound on the left side of his chest.
She said that residents came to the man’s aid but their attempts to stop the bleeding were futile and he bled to death as horrified residents looked on.
By this time public spirited citizens restrained the attacker who has previously been charged for murder. He is now in police custody.
In a press release the police said they are investigating the murder of Mark Ifill a/k “Yankie”, 39 years, a labourer of no fixed place of abode, which occurred about 10:30 am at Water Street, Bagotstown, EBD, allegedly by a 41 year old security guard of the said village.
Enquiries disclosed that the suspect and Mark Ifill had a heated altercation over the removal of a water pipe by Ifill from the suspect’s yard and they fought, during which the suspect dealt the victim a lash to his head with an object, went away after being parted by public spirited persons but he (suspect) returned minutes later with a knife and stabbed Ifill to the left region of his chest, causing him to run and collapse a short distance away.
A team of medical personnel from the GPHC responded and pronounced Ifill dead. The body is presently at Lyken’s Funeral Parlour awaiting a post mortem examination.
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