‘Beach Clothes’ murdered by neighbour who alleges sexual assault

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An East Bank Essequibo (EBE) man was on Saturday afternoon chopped to death by his neighbour who claimed he was sexually assaulted by the victim.

Police said Andrew Drakes, 43, called ‘Beach Clothes’, a mason of  Pump Station Street Farm, EBE, was sitting on a bench in front of his yard at about 17:30hrs when he was attacked by his neighbour.

The suspect, a 20-year-old unemployed resident armed himself with a cutlass and chopped Drakes multiple times before attempting to flee the scene, Police Headquarters said in a statement.

He was apprehended by an off-duty female Detective Corporal who was passing at the time with the help of residents who pursued and disarmed him.

According to the Police, the 20-year-old man alleged that Drakes sexually assaulted him on Friday, June 7 at about 20:30hrs at his home.

Drakes was pronounced dead on arrival at the Leonora Cottage Hospital; the body is presently at Ezekiel’s Funeral home awaiting a post mortem examination.

The suspect was also injured to the back of his head while being apprehended and has since received medical attention; he is cooperating with investigators, Police said.

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