Following DPP advice, businessman gets $1M bail for hammering customer to death


A businessman, who was last week arrested after one of his customers died at his hands, was released on $1 million station bail at the weekend, the Guyana Police Force has said.

According to Police Headquarters, his release follows advice from the Directors of Public Prosecution (DPP).

“The suspect was released on $1,000,000 cash bail on Saturday based on advice received from the DPP, while further investigations are ongoing,” Mark Ramotar, Head of the GPF’s Corporate Communications Unit, said.

It was previously reported that the 34-year-old man of Second Avenue, Bartica, Region Seven, used a hammer to beat Mark Braithwaite, a 40-year-old of Four Miles Housing Scheme.

The man subsequently died.

The News Room understands that the suspect was cooperating with the police during the investigation continues and following its completion, the man was released.

According to a statement from Police Headquarters, the suspect’s father is a 63-year-old man, who owns and operates a Blast Gaming Center at Second Avenue.

At about 19:45hrs, he left his son in charge of the gaming centre, while Braithwaite, a regular customer, was playing at one of the slot machines.

Moments later, this businessman and Braithwaite had a misunderstanding over alcohol spilling on the countertop.

An annoyed Braithwaite armed himself with several glass bottles and began hurling them at the businessman who was in the bar behind a counter.

In turn, the businessman armed himself with a hammer and chased after Braithwaite; he dealt him blows to his head and face.

Braithwaite fell to the ground and remained motionless, police said. He was taken to the Bartica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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