– boat owner, 2 others arrestedA fisherman was found dead in a boat with his throat slit at Number 65 Village, Corentyne, Berbice on Thursday, suspected of having been murdered by a colleague following a misunderstanding.Sister of the now dead man, Dhanmattie RampersaudThe dead man has been identified as Devanand Jailall, called “Shetty”, a fisherman of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara. According to information received, the now dead man and a colleague had a misunderstanding, which quickly escalated into a fight.During the scuffle, both men reportedly armed themselves with knives, but the now dead man was overpowered by the suspect who dealt him several stabs to the body, including his hand, neck, and chest.Upon realising what he had done, the suspect attempted to stop the bleeding and as such, wrapped the injured man’s neck with a bed sheet. At the time of discovery of the body, the sheet was still wrapped around Jailall’s neck.The boat’s owner, Alex Younge, also called “Roberto”, reportedly told Police he went to the station to report the matter immediately after receiving the news. Nevertheless, the owner and two other men were arrested and were being interrogated. The main suspect has fled.Jailall was taken to the Skeldon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Dhanmattie Rampersaud, a sister of the now dead man, told reporters that her brother had gone to visit her and his son at her Port Mourant home, but they were not at home.The woman further noted that her sister-in-law called and informed her that her brother was found with his throat slit and without hesitation, she rushed to the scene.When she arrived there, the body had already been taken to the Skeldon Hospital.It is still unclear why the men were arguing. (Andrew Carmichael)
Six stories in the news for Thursday, Aug. 10———B.C. TO OUTLINE NEXT STEPS ON TRANS MOUNTAINTwo key NDP cabinet ministers in British Columbia are expected to outline the government’s next steps today on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. No details have been revealed about the announcement by Attorney General David Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman, but the future of the $7.4-billion project has been heavily scrutinized since the NDP government came to power.———TRUDEAU ‘PLEASED AND RELIEVED’ PASTOR FREED IN NORTH KOREAAn Ontario church is celebrating the release of its pastor from a North Korean prison on “sick bail” more than two years after he was arrested for crimes against the state and sentenced to life with hard labour. In a statement early today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “pleased and relieved” that Hyeon Soo Lim had been released and that the government is working to ensure he receives whatever medical attention he needs.———B.C. TOURISM AFFECTED BY WILDFIRESTourism officials are starting to assess the impact of devastating wildfires in British Columbia and have received mixed feedback on the toll so far on the travel sector. Maya Lange of Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning and marketing corporation, says businesses outside the fire zone have reported cancellations. Lange says data reflecting the financial cost of the fires won’t be ready for another two to three months.———SOLDIERS TO HELP HANDLE ASYLUM SEEKS AT QUEBEC BORDERAbout 100 soldiers have set up camp near the Quebec-U.S. border to help fellow authorities cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada. More than two dozen tents have been erected to accommodate up to 500 people. The soldiers will have no role in security and will not take part in any law-enforcement duties. A Quebec government official says 2,620 people asylum seekers are currently being housed in temporary accommodation in Montreal.———ONE DEAD IN SARNIA, ONT., AFTER SUSPECTED OPIOID USEPolice in Sarnia, Ont., have issued a public safety notice after one person died and two others were taken to hospital last evening due to suspected drug overdoses. Police say the drug involved was thought to be cocaine but is now believed to have been laced with the dangerous opioid fentanyl. Police say the three overdoses occurred over five hours.———CHASE THE ACE FEVER BUILDS IN NEWFOUNDLANDThe chase for the elusive ace of spades will continue in Newfoundland after huge crowds descended packed a community on the outskirts of St. John’s for a chance to win the $1.42-million jackpot. George Chaulk of Goulds had the lucky ticket to draw a card last night, but drew the nine of spades for a consolation prize is $185,014. Chase the Ace is like a 50-50 draw in which players buy numbered tickets for about $5 each.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs will meet with AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde and Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould in Wolfville.— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will tour Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project in Hardistay.