Sophia man hacked to death on Mabura trail

An 18-year-old Sophia man was hacked to death by a colleague after a confrontation over the former’s girlfriend.

The police at ‘E’ Division are currently investigating the murder of Devon Murray, 18, a sawmill operator of 1331 B Field, Sophia, East Coast Demerara which occurred between 8.30pm on Friday and 5.30am on Saturday, at 38 Miles Mabura Trail, Upper Demerara River.

According to a police press release, Murray’s death may have stemmed from an incident where the suspect was said to have been making sexual advances to Murray’s girlfriend. An argument ensued between the two and Murray was killed. A cutlass was said to have been used to commit the act.

The body of the teen is presently at the Mackenzie Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.

According to a police source close to the investigation, on Friday night the suspect and Murray went to a rum shop at 48 Miles to drink. They subsequently left the bar and went back to the sawmill where they had an argument over Murray’s girlfriend.

It was alleged that the suspect had tried to ‘hold down’ Murray’s girlfriend in a washroom earlier that night.

A fight later ensued between the two men who had armed themselves with cutlasses. The accused reportedly fired a chop across Murray’s neck, causing him to fall. The accused later ran away leaving Murray.

The police are currently in search of the accused and investigations into the matter are ongoing.

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