Cattle farmer set on fire after helping cops in Hopetown mayhem
Trevor Jameer, a 51-year-old cattle farmer from Hopetown Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB), Region Five (Mahaica- Berbice) was Friday set on fire by other residents, allegedly because he aided Police officers to retrieve the car involved in the Hopetown accident about two weeks ago.
Jameer was admitted to the New Amsterdam hospital Friday morning with burns on the right side chest, right arm, back and face.
His daughter, Travene McAlmont told reporters that her father was attacked because he helped officers retrieve the vehicle, involved in the Hopetown accident, from the trench.
On February 5, Nicholas Arjune, a 19-year-old man driving his Mazda RX8, collided with two persons riding on an electric bike.
Subsequently, chaos erupted on the public road when residents converged. They pulled the driver from his car and later torched the vehicle, blocking the public road and preventing the free flow of traffic.
Because her father assisted the Police, McAlmont alleged that residents felt he (Jameer) betrayed them and as such, accused him of being a traitor.
One of those residents, who reportedly accused Jameer of betraying them, saw the farmer on Friday and threatened him.
Shortly after, the individual returned with a bottle containing what is suspected to be gasoline/kerosene and a stick that was on fire.
“…he had a bottle with something like gasoline inside and he throw it on him and he had a stick light with fire and he just push the stick to the man and he catch on fire,” the distraught daughter related.
The man then fled the scene and Jameer was rushed to the hospital where he was admitted in a serious condition.
The matter has since been reported to the Police but Regional Commander Kurleigh Simon stated that no one is in custody at this time.