Prison officer remanded for killing wife at Psychiatric Hospital


By Royan Abrams

A Prison Officer attached to the Mazaruni Penitentiary was remanded to prison for the murder of his wife.

30-year-old Sheldon Prince of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, Berbice, appeared in the New Amsterdam Magistrates Court on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. He was not required to plea to the murder charge when it was read to him by Magistrate, Malisa Mittleholzer.

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Sheldon armed with a knife, barged into the compound of the New Amsterdam Psychiatric Hospital where his wife, Lonnette Prince works as a hairdresser and dealt her several stabs about her body, killing her instantly.

The 22-year-old woman of Angoy’s Avenue New Amsterdam was pronounced dead in arrival at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital.

News Room had reported that the man is a usual visitor at the facility where his wife works and as such security allowed him in the compound without much scrutiny.

An eyewitness who spoke with reporters on the day of the incident and asked for her identity to be withheld, disclosed that at about 8:00hrs she along with the dead woman was in an office having a conversation when Prince husband entered the room demanding to have a conversation with his wife but she refused. The eyewitness related that an argument ensued between the two and the suspect pulled out a knife from his pants waist and started stabbing the woman.

“After they start to fight and I see he pull out the knife and stabbing she I was trying to part them but I gt scare cause I think he gon stab me too so I started hollering” she added.

After stabbing his wife, Sheldon escaped leaving the woman motionless on the concrete floor but later turned himself in to police at the Central Police Station with an attorney, Mursaline Bacchus where he was arrested and charged.

Sheldon Prince is expected to make his next court appearance on February 15, 2017.

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