Welder kills himself after stabbing wife during domestic dispute

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DEAD: Leon Gobin

A 27-year-old welder of Kwakwani, Upper Berbice River, took his own life on Monday, after reportedly stabbing his reputed wife when the woman threatened to leave him during an argument at their home.

The dead man has been identified as Leon Gobin of Kwakwani Park, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).

Gobin and the 37-year-old woman lived together at the location for some time. Reports are that at approximately 23:00 hrs on Sunday, the couple had a misunderstanding and the woman told Gobin that she wished to end the relationship.

The deceased replied by allegedly telling the woman that he will end his life and that if he can’t have her then no one else will.

The woman told investigators that Gobin then broke a beer bottle and dealt her a stab to her upper neck behind her ear. She managed to escape from the house and went to her cousin’s home situated at Kwakwani First Phase Housing Scheme.

Her cousin then took her to the Kwakwani hospital where she was treated for her injuries and admitted a patient with her condition listed as stable.

On Monday, at approximately 09:00 hrs, the woman’s 14-year-old son who lived at the same address went to the house which was tightly secured with a padlock from the outside. Upon entering the house, he saw the body of the deceased indicating that he took his own life.

The teen then ran out the house and went to the police station where he informed the police of the discovery.

The man’s body was examined and a laceration was observed around his neck and right palm. It was later escorted to the Kwakwani Hospital where a doctor pronounced him dead.

A Post Mortem Examination which was performed by government pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh at the Memorial Garden Funeral Home and Crematorium Mortuary on Monday gave the cause of death as asphyxiation compression injuries to neck consistent with suicide.

The body has since been handed over to relatives for burial.

If you or anyone you know is feeling depressed and possibly contemplating suicide, please call the Guyana Inter-agency Suicide Helpline which operates 24 hours and is organised by the Guyana Police Force. Telephone -223-0001, 223-0009, 223-0818 Cellphone – 600-7896, 623-4444.