Theft was motive for fatal Quamina St stabbing -police

Nigel Lawson, who was stabbed to death on Thursday evening, was killed after an altercation with a security guard who accused him of stealing from him, police said yesterday.

Lawson, 34, was stabbed several times in his chest on Quamina Street between Thomas and Camp streets.

An eyewitness had said that the security guard’s fatal confrontation with Lawson occurred after he dumped garbage on the premises where the guard was employed.

But according to a press release issued by the police force yesterday, investigations revealed that theft may have fueled an exchange between Lawson and the accused murderer, who had been a guard on duty at a residence in Quamina Street.

The guard had reportedly left his iPod and cellphone on a chair in front of the building while doing his usual rounds and on his return saw Lawson leaving the compound. The articles had been noticeably missing. Police said Lawson was confronted and an argument ensued between the men, which led to a physical altercation and Lawson’s subsequent death. The man was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

The iPod and cellphone were recovered from Lawson by the guard, the released added.

Previous reports with this publication had indicated that Lawson had been walking when he was confronted by the security guard on a bicycle, who ordered him to move a bag of dumped garbage.

An eyewitness had shared that there had been a fight between the men over garbage when the guard got angry and started to “juk” Lawson to his chest before riding away.

The guard remains in police custody as investigations continue.

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