Peacemaker loses eye in Valentine’s night attack

An attempt to make peace has cost a Triumph man his left eye.

Kamal Khan, 32, was trying to be a peacemaker at a BBQ and Lime, held at a friend’s residence at Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Valentine’s night when he was attacked by two men, who also chopped him about the body.

Khan, of Lot 171 Stewart Drive, Triumph, was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) immediately after and is still a patient there in a stable condition.

Speaking from his hospital bed yesterday, Khan told Stabroek News that the attack occurred sometime between 11 and 12 pm on Saturday. “I went over by my friend Gavin (only name given) to help he. I did serving the barbecue and he did collecting the money,” he said.

Khan was informed of someone being chopped to his hand and he went to enquire what was happening and to make peace. However, he was misidentified as someone who was going to represent the young chopping victim and the attackers set upon him.

“Is walk over I walk to these people and was a set of them, about six to seven, including a woman standing up there. I approached them and asked, ‘Man how you gon’ bore up a man like that just so?’ Then one a them just pick up a cutlass and start chop me, two times to my neck and one to me shoulder,” he recounted.

“Then another one he had a cutlass plus a bottle and he just buss the bottle and bore me straight to me left eye,” Khan continued as he showed the wounds.

Khan said he had undergone an operation yesterday and his eye was removed. He added that he was informed by his doctor that he was lucky since the injuries could have resulted in his veins being severed and cost him his life.

Khan said no one has been arrested as yet he was told by the police that investigations are ongoing.

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