A father of three was stabbed to death reportedly by his common-law wife in their West Bank Demerara (WBD) home on Sunday at approximately 10 pm.
According to police reports, Curtis McKinnon, 38, of Lot 12 Plantain Walk, WBD was allegedly stabbed in his neck by his common-law wife, while the two were involved in an argument over their 8-month-old child. The woman, identified as Nicola Joseph called ‘Nicky’ then went to a nearby police station and filed a report. She was arrested and remains in custody assisting with investigations.
According to neighbours, they had heard the couple arguing, with Nicky shouting, “put the child down”, after which the heard some tumbling and a loud thump.
Nicky’s 18-year-old son—McKinnon’s step son then ran out to alert the neighbours to intervene. Several of them then rushed into the house and entered the bedroom, where they found McKinnon lying bleeding on the bed.
The group of neighbours who spoke to Stabroek News did not want to give their names but they explained that they lifted the mattress, with McKinnon on it, and fetched it out onto the road where he was placed in a taxi and taken to the hospital in the company of one of the neighbours. This neighbour said that the doctor pronounced McKinnon dead on arrival.
The group described McKinnon as a kind and easy-going fellow. One woman, who said she knew him ever since he was a child, said she was shocked at the incident and questioned what could have prompted it.
The other neighbours chimed in to express their shock as well.
According to a brother of Curtis, Kevin McKinnon, he was at his Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara home when he received a phone call from Nicky around 10.30 pm. He related that she told him she had stabbed Curtis and he had been taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
He said he visited the hospital, where other family and friends were, and saw his brother’s lifeless body on a hospital bed. Kevin said he accompanied the police to the brother’s home to facilitate their investigations.
McKinnon who worked as a Contract Supervisor for Guyana Water Incorporated leaves to mourn his three children and three step children, 5 of whom were in the house when he died.