Hazrat Shaffie, a 46-year-old businessman of Fifth Street, Industry, East Coast Demerara, who was last Friday rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital in an unconscious state after he was badly beaten by his doctor’s son, succumbed to his injuries at around 05.00hrs yesterday.
According to Asif Shaffie, Hazrat’s brother, he was informed that his sibling went to his doctor in Ogle, East Coast Demerara, because he was unwell, when the incident occurred.
According to the man, Hazrat Shaffie was a regular patient of the doctor, and would usually visit on a regular basis to collect medication. He said he was told that when his brother arrived at the doctor’s office, he was dragged out of the vehicle, attacked and kicked several times to the head by the doctor’s 29-year-old son.
He told Kaieteur News that the doctor contacted him and told him his brother was in the hospital. “I went and I saw him and he was in a very critical state,” Asif Shaffie said. After seeing his brother’s condition, the man said he went to the doctor’s office the following morning to get further information on the incident.
“He (doctor) said he tried to intervene to assist, but was attacked by his son,” Asif Shaffie said. He said that the doctor told them that his (the doctor’s) son was “under the influence of cocaine” and he could not control him.
Neighbours who also witnessed the attack said the alleged perpetrator dragged Hazrat Shaffie out of the car and kicked him several times to the head and left the scene. They said that the young man returned minutes later and continued kicking Shaffie and eventually left him bleeding on the road. They said no one assisted, because they all feared for their lives, since the young man would regularly attack persons in the area.
“The father said it is a regular habit of him to beat people and violently abuse them; he has a tendency to do that when he is smoking,” said Asif Shaffie.
A post mortem examination was conducted yesterday morning and it revealed that Hazrat died from haemorrhage and shock due to multiple injuries.
The suspect will today appear in the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Court, charged with murder.
Hazrat Shaffie leaves to mourn his wife and four children.
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