Suspect arrested for beheading Toshao
The suspect wanted for the murder of Indigenous Village leader, Toshao Solomon Lewis has been arrested by police.
Commander of ‘F’ Division, Kevin Adonis told the News Room that the suspect, who is the victim’s Son-in-law, was arrested on Wednesday in the Cuyuni River, Region Seven and is awaiting transportation to Georgetown.
The News Room also learnt that the body of the Toshao is at the Eteringbang airstrip, under a tent awaiting arrangements for a post-mortem examination.
The Toshao of Kurutuku Village in Region Seven was reportedly beheaded on New Year’s Day by the suspect, after he tried to save his daughter who was being abused.
The police stated that the suspect was beating his wife when the Toshao and his son, Marvin Lewis intervened.
As a result, the suspect became annoyed, armed himself with a cutlass and fatally chopped Solomon.
He then turned his attention to Marvin and severed one of his hands.
Following the incident, Former Executive of the National Toshao’s Council (NTC) took to social media to bemoan the lack of security in remote communities. He noted that village leaders need more protection since everyone turns to them for help.
Eyon Boyal, in expressing his condolences to the family and the village of Kurutuku, criticized successive Governments for neglecting the plight of the far-flung indigenous communities and said he hoped this will be a wakeup call.