A woman is now nursing serious wounds at a hospital and mourning the loss of her husband who died while trying to protect her from two armed men during what is believed to be an attempted robbery at their residence last night.
Reports are that 54-year-old Parbatie Budhu of Albion, Corentyne, Berbice, had just finished showering in a bathroom in her yard and was heading inside her house when the incident occurred.
Her son-in-law, Arnold Deolall, told INews today that the woman was confronted by two gunmen who took her inside the house and began hitting her about her body.
His father-in-law, 58 year-old Gowchand rushed to aid his wife and protect her from the blows. The gunmen fired two shots to both the left and right sides of his stomach, at the bottom of his stomach, and at his right ear.
The perpetrators then fled the scene leaving behind the battered and bruised Parbatie to seek help for herself and her husband.
However, when Gowchand arrived at the Port Mourant Hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“He died on the spot…and for my mother-in-law she has serious injuries with her whole mouth inside damaged, they lashed her to her face, and her two knees are badly injured too. Now she is complaining that she is not feeling on her back, they had put her on the ground and kicked her on her back and so. She is in serious condition,” he stated.
According to Deolall, the injured Parbatie is presently hospitalised at the Anamayah Memorial Hospital, Berbice.
One source close to the Budhu family stated that the motive for the assault and killing is still unclear at this point of time but that it could have been an attempted robbery since the couple owned a grocery shop and a liquor restaurant.
Meanwhile, investigations are currently on-going to nab the perpetrators.