Two critical after chopping incident at Port Mourant



A man and his nephew are in a critical condition at the New Amsterdam Hospital after they chopped each other on Monday afternoon at Kitten Dam, Portuguese Quarter, Port Mourant.

News Room understands that 49-year-old Vishnu Gopaul known as ‘Strokeman’, who is a meat vendor and Rajindra Balkaran, 38, called ‘Gomes’, a labourer, consumed alcohol separately but were later involved in an argument. Gopaul is said to be battling for his life as he lost a lot of blood.

According to information reaching News Room, at approximately 14:00hrs, Balkaran went to the home of Gopaul and accused him of being a “pu**y” and a “cochore”, and continuously abused him verbally.

“He deh cussing up outside but is when he tek the man donkey cart and throw it in the trench, Strokeman come out with he cutlass and they start fight,” a relative said.

Residents refused to intervene and the police were contacted.

“They deh going at it but everyone frighten to get between when the cutlass start fire. Strokeman chop first and he [Balkaran] fall down and get up back and pull the cutlass from he and start dig chop wild west. When me see blood start spray, me run fuh get help,” an eyewitness said.

Gopaul was found lying next to an old blood-stained barrel with wounds to his back, neck, chest, face and hands while Balkaran was picked up from the parapet with severe chop wounds to his neck and hands.

News Room understands that the two men are known for being involved in heated arguments.

They were both taken to the Port Mourant Hospital but due to the severity of the wounds, they were transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.

The police arrested a young son of Balkaran as the investigation into the incident continues.

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