Police yesterday apprehended the man accused of knifing Plastic City fisherman, Vishwanauth Narine, to death during a row over a missing gas cylinder.
Narine, 23, called “Buddy,” of Lot 6 Plastic City, Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara was stabbed once to his chest during a row over a missing gas cylinder.
He was later pronounced dead on arrival at the West Demerara Regional Hospital.
This newspaper was told that the man was apprehended at a house in East La Penitence, Georgetown, sometime around 9 am, after he had been on the run for approximately one month. The house is said to belong to a relative who resides overseas.
A source close to the investigations said that murder charges are likely to be laid soon.
The dead man’s mother, Sheila Chanderpaul, had told Stabroek News that the stabbing was the result of a dispute over a missing gas cylinder, in which her son was implicated.
She stated that her son had just stepped outside when he got involved in an argument with the suspect’s wife, and the man then approached and stabbed him with a “jukka.”
Recalling how the dispute over the gas cylinder started, the elder Chanderpaul stated that the suspect’s sister-in-law had discovered her gas cylinder missing and blamed the suspect.
The police were summoned and the suspect was taken into custody. When he was interrogated he implicated Narine in the matter.
Narine was later arrested and a confrontation was held at the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station.
However, the suspect’s brother reportedly told the police that he did not wish to take the duo to court but would prefer to have his item replaced.
The item was replaced but the suspect and his wife never ceased to verbally abuse Narine, who would often complain to his mother.
The abuse continued until June 8, when he was stabbed once in front of his mother’s home and in her presence. A post-mortem examination performed on his body proved that he died as a result of a perforated heart due to a single stab wound.