Men held for death of Berbice ex-convict to be released

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Berbice Police have been ordered to release the two men who were held for the Sunday morning murder of New Amsterdam labourer Delroy James.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has advised that Nizam Balgobin, 53, and Anthony Carter, 18, both of Cumberland East Canje, Berbice be released.

The two men spent four days and four nights in custody without being charged. They are to be released on station bail pending further investigations.

The advice was sent to the Officer in Charge of Crime in ‘B’ Division on Wednesday and so it is unclear why the men were forced to spend another night in the Reliance Police Station lock-ups.

Reports are that Balgobin called Pepsi, and his friend Carter were attacked by James as they left a bar at Coberg Street, New Amsterdam.

The men tried to resist and a fight ensued.

The incident occurred at Main Street, New Amsterdam in the vicinity of Metro Office Supplies and the Lutheran Church.

The News Room understands that CCTV footage shows James and another person at the scene of the robbery in which he, James, was killed.

Balgobin was reportedly cuffed to the left eye by his attacker and had to seek medical attention. After the scuffle, public-spirited citizens rushed James to the hospital after they saw him bleeding.

Balgobin and Carter went to the Central Police Station to lodge a report of the attack. It was while at the station that the Police learnt that James succumbed to stabbed wounds he received during the scuffle. Balgobin and Carter were then placed in custody.

The News Room understands that James was known to the Police over several accusations and was wanted for questioning regarding a recent assault.

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