Police hunting Corentyne man who chopped schoolboy in the head


A Winifred Gaskin Secondary School student is currently a patient at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital after being chopped in the head by a man at Alness Village on the Corentyne.

the incident occurred on Monday, May 22, 2017.

The injured teen has been identified as 17-year-old Burtrum Francis of Lot 15 Alness Village, Corentyne, Berbice while the police are hunting for 40-year-old Troy Griffith also of Alness Village.

News Room understands that at about 15:30 hours on Monday, the teen was at the wash bay when he was approached by the suspect during which an argument ensued. As a result, the suspect left and returned with a cutlass which he used to chop the teen to the head.

During an interview with the News Room, the teen disclosed that he had borrowed a pedal cycle from the suspect’s sister and that he was not aware that the suspect would frequently use the pedal cycle. It was after seeing him with the cycle that the suspect became annoyed and a heated argument ensued.

“I come on the road with the bicycle and the woman I was at, it was her biycle but he (suspect) would usually use the bicycle to go backdam and he now start one cussing and meh just give he the bicycle and walk go away at the back with my friend washing car and he follow me and continue cuss up and he come corner me and push me and I push he back and he gab a cutlass and chop me on my head”

According to the teen, he was picked up and rushed to the Port Mourant Public Hospital and later transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where he underwent surgery to his head having suffered from a fractured skull.

According to a police source, a bloody cutlass was found at the scene of the incident. News Room was told that efforts were made to have the suspect arrested but was unsuccessful.

Investigations are ongoing.

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