A Monday evening social between three friends ended up in bloodshed, when two other men, apparently offended by a wisecrack one of the friends made over music, attacked the trio. The incident occurred in Corriverton, Berbice.
The three men were reportedly imbibing and having an enjoyable time, when a neighbour and his stepson ran over from their premises, armed with a cutlass and a piece of wood, and launched an unexpected attack.
Rudolph Haynes, 30, a Carpenter and father of a three-year-old lost four of his fingers from his left hand after it was chopped off by the neighbour, whose name was given as ‘Brian’. Vikash Ramnarine, 18, a Carpenter/Mason of 47 Princeton, Corriverton, Berbice, sustained injuries about his body from the beating, while the other victim, Saif Ghani, 16, a fisherman, is also suffering from minor injuries.
According to Ghani, he and Ramnarine had ventured to Haynes’ home around 17:00 hrs on Monday for “a few drinks”. He said that their two assailants were sitting on their verandah opposite where he and his friends were.
Later on that evening, at approximately 22:00 hrs, the police arrived and inquired if they were playing music. The cheeky response seemed to have prompted the subsequent attack.
“Dem come and ask if we was playing music and we tell dem no, we was only blowing a shell”, Ghani said. The police, after making their inquires, reportedly left, and within five minutes, Ghani said, the two men rushed over, one with a cutlass in hand and the other with a piece of wood. “The one with the cutlass start to broadside me.”
Haynes, in an effort to help Ghani, allegedly intervened, and ‘Brian’ swung a chop in his direction, slicing off his four fingers in the process. Ramnarine also jumped in and he recieved a beating from ‘Ajay’, Brian’s stepson, who was armed with the piece of wood.
Haynes’ wife, while tearfully recounting what took place said that when the men rushed over they shouted “ayuh nah get manners, ayuh na get manners”. She disclosed that she was at home when the attackers ran in and committed the act. They said nothing else and continued the rampage.
The two men after launching their brazen attack retreated to their home and locked themselves in the house, while the injured individuals were rushed to the Skeldon Public Hospital for medical assistance. Shortly after police arrived on the scene and arrested both suspects. The stepson has since been released on $10,000 station bail while his stepfather who allegedly did the chopping remains in custody.
Meanwhile, relatives of Vikash Ramnarine are outraged after he was instead arrested and placed in the lockups. His mother, Khemwattie Chatterpaul, related that after the incident, she rushed her son to the hospital where he received treatment and medication for his injuries. After he was discharged from the medical institution, she took her son to the Springlands Police Station yesterday morning to make the report, but her son was instead placed in the lockups.
“The police told me that they lock he up to investigate, but my son is in pain and he is unable to drink he medicine because they won’t allow him to. Why is it that he has to be arrested when he get beat up?” she questioned.
The woman claimed that after she told the ranks about his condition, a female rank allegedly told her ” If yuh son dead we gon bury he”.
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