Row over water murder: Bagotstown man charged, remanded

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Sheldon John Bowen

The suspect in the recent Bagotstown stabbing was charged with the capital offence of murder when he appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday afternoon.

Arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan was forty-one-year-old, Sheldon John Bowen of Water Street Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara.

He was not required to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that he on April, 25, 2017, unlawfully murdered Mark Ifill also known as “Yankee”.

This publication previously reported that Yankee was fatally stabbed by the accused during a brawl stemming from a water dispute. On the day of the incident, the deceased was filling bottles of water along a pathway which led to the house of the accused.

Mark Ifill also known as “Yankee”

The accused reportedly approached him and demanded that he remove from the location, instructing Ifill to “stop fulling water”.  Bowen’s orders fell on deaf ears as the man continued to fill his containers and loaded them into his wheelbarrow. This infuriated the alleged perpetrator who reportedly started a fight with the now dead man.

It was during this ‘face-off’ that Ifill reportedly hit the accused multiple times with a bat, as Bowen allegedly armed himself with a knife.

Ifill was stabbed once to his abdomen, succumbing shortly after since no one reportedly wanted to transport him to the hospital in their vehicle.

A report was made to the Police and the accused was apprehended, after he reportedly hid the murder weapon.

Investigators at the crime scene inspecting Ifill’s lifeless body 

Inews understands that Bowen is no stranger to the law, as he was involved in in a similar incident in 2012, which left Mark Solomon called “Taunty” of Non Pariel Street, Albuoystown dead.

Bowen is expected to return to court on May 18, 2017.

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