Crabwood Creek farmer dies days after beaten by gang

Cheddi Eshwar Sawh, the 24-year-old farmer who was attacked and beaten allegedly by a gang of men last Sunday, died at the Georgetown Public Hospital yesterday morning.

Sawh’s brother-in-law Tero Arjune confirmed that he succumbed to his injuries around 7.30 am yesterday in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

Following the incident, Sawh of Lot 97 Grant 2767 Crabwood Creek was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition. He had sustained severe head injuries and never regained consciousness.

Dead: Cheddi Eshwar Sawh

Commander of ‘B’ Division Paul Williams, when contacted for a comment yesterday, told Stabroek News that three suspects were charged with attempted murder on Friday. The trio appeared in the Springlands Magistrate’s Court. Williams said the attempted murder charge will now be withdrawn and a murder charge will be instituted.

The suspects were arrested after eyewitnesses provided Sawh’s relatives with their names, this information was then passed on to the police. Efforts are being made to apprehend the other suspects after several futile searches were carried out at their houses.

A relative of the dead man had previously told this newspaper that Sawh was leaving his girlfriend’s house, which is located in the vicinity of the Malali Area, in Crabwood Creek when a gang of seven men pounced on him.

The relative had said that an eyewitness told the family that the attack lasted several minutes, after which the men made good their escape. Sawh was left with severe head injuries since the attackers mostly dealt him lashes in his head.

Arjune had told this newspaper that he was informed that Sawh had been badly beaten and was lying on the Crabwood Creek Public Road in an unconscious state. In disbelief, Arjune had said, he ventured to the area and confirmed that it was indeed his brother-in-law who had been beaten.

According to Arjune, he had picked up the farmer and rushed him to the Skeldon Public Hospital. He was later transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital and then to the Georgetown Hospital around 3.30 am on Monday.

Relatives of the dead man had said that they believed it was a case of mistaken identity. One relative had explained on Saturday evening, a fight had ensued among several men who were imbibing at the Malali Rum Shop, four houses away from where Sawh was attacked.

“Saturday night them [the gang] and a boy did get a fight at the rum shop, one ah dem [from the gang] get beat up. So Sunday, he come back with he crew. When we check back, the boy dem fight with at the rum shop Saturday night and he [Sawh] look a lot alike. So like dem think is the boy and dem beat he up,” the relative said.

Stabroek News was told that Sawh was at the Malali Rum Shop imbibing when the fight ensued. However, relatives claimed that he was not involved in the fight.


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