Jun 30, 2021 News
Kaieteur News – Four men who on Saturday refused to pay a hotdog vendor for 10 hotdogs they had eaten, decided to beat him instead with a cricket bat and steal his day’s sales.
Recovering at home from a broken jaw and multiple lacerations to his body, is Ignatius Nazeem Manauf, 41, a remigrant from neighbouring Venezuela who resides at Anna Catherina on the West Coast Demerara (WCD).
Manuaf was beaten and robbed by the men sometime after 20:00hrs that evening along a roadway at Anna Catherina. According to reports received by this newspaper, the hotdog vendor could have been beaten to death had it not been for the intervention by residents living nearby.
Kaieteur News contacted the severely injured hotdog vendor yesterday but he was unable to speak because of his broken jaw. Nevertheless, one of his relatives related what had transpired that night. The relative said that Manuaf had left home early that day to sell hotdogs with his hotdog cart.
“He had been selling all day in the nearby villages and decided to end the day selling at Anna Catherina,” the relative told Kaieteur News.
While waiting for customers, a white car stopped and four men reportedly approached Manuaf’s hotdog cart and ordered some hotdogs. The relative detailed that as they chatted with each other, Manuaf noted that they had eaten 10 hotdogs.
One of the men had reportedly struck up a conversation with Manuaf as well so at first, he was not bothered until things started to turn ugly. During the conversation, the relative detailed, the man asked Manuaf, “Where are you from?”
Manuaf had reportedly responded that he was born in Guyana but grew up in Venezuela and had only returned to the country recently. The man, according to the relative, then said, “Oh, so you from Venezuela” before reportedly cursing him.
“The man began telling him that Venezuelans are bad people and that he doesn’t like Venezuelans”, continued the relative.
It was at this point, stated the relative that Manuaf reportedly told the man to pay for the 10 hotdogs that he and his three friends had eaten.
“Nazeem told him, ‘Well if you have a problem with the Venezuelans then pay me for my hotdogs’,” the relative said.
The man reportedly refused to pay the total sum of $3,000 for the 10 hotdogs and an argument erupted. During the argument, one of the man’s friends allegedly used a cricket bat, which he had in his possession and dealt Manuaf a blow to the back of his head. The hotdog vendor reportedly fell to the ground.
The relative related, “Nazeem said he felt as if he had fainted but was able to recover… But before he could stand up, they dealt him another blow to his face.”
That blow reportedly floored him again and they began beating him while he was on the ground. A female resident who reportedly observed Manuaf being brutalised by the men began shouting at them to leave him alone and was soon joined by others.
Realising that they were spotted, the men relieved Manuaf of $20,000 – all of the cash, which he had earned throughout the day selling hotdogs – before entering their car and fleeing the scene.
Kaieteur News was told that one of the residents rushed to Manuaf’s assistance and took him home to his family. A report was lodged at the Leonora Police Station and Manuaf was later taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he received medical attention.
He was later referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to undergo surgery for his broken jaw.
Manuaf had related to the cops that he cannot recall the licence plate number or model of the car, which the suspects were travelling in but remembered that they were East Indian men.
Manuaf’s family members claimed that he knows one of men who assaulted him and stated that the individual lives in the Anna Catherina area. Police are yet to arrest the suspects but investigations are ongoing.
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