A 28-year-old man who was caught stealing in an electronics outlet at the Stabroek Market on Thursday sustained a single gunshot to his left leg after trying to attack Constabulary ranks with a knife.The man, who identified himself as Delwar Booker of South Sophia Squatting Area, Greater Georgetown, is currently nursing his wounds under Police guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.It was reported that about 02:30h, the Constabulary received information relating to a disturbance within the city market so a team that makes regular checks immediately responded.Checks revealed that security padlocks on the south-western end of the market had been breached. Further checks revealed that one of the stalls – Electronics City – had been broken into.Upon discovery of this, the ranks initially called out to the suspect and demanded that he relieve himself of all weapons and exit the stall. That was when the man is said to have emerged with the knife and advanced on the ranks. Despite warnings he persisted in advancing, so one round was thus discharged, hitting the suspect in his leg.A haversack containing a number of stolen items, which included valuable cellphones, was removed from the scene. A number of tools used in the break-in were also found at the site, among them crowbars, pliers and scissors.Operators of the Electronics City stall expressed gratitude over the Constabulary’s quick response. They said had the suspect gotten his way, he would have carted off more than million in electronic items.Investigations are continuing into the matter.
A technician was on Sunday night found in a shed in his yard by his young son, and despite efforts to save his life, the 42-year-old man died while receiving medical attention.Devendra BalgobinDead is Devendra Balgobin of lot 37 Middle Street, Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Guyana Times understands that the discovery was made at about 19:30h after the lad was sent by another relative to check on his father.Balgobin had reportedly been ill and was frequently in and out of the hospital. He was scheduled to return for treatment recently but had refused to go.He was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Saturday but left the hospital on Sunday. His family was unaware that he discharged himself from the hospital and returned to his home at about 18:00h on Sunday.According to the now dead man’s stepson, Kevin, the technician was still alive when his younger brother notified him that there was “something wrong” with him.“His sister who lives at the back of the yard asked me to speak to him about going to the hospital because he kept refusing. He told me he was not going either and I went into the house and was on the phone talking with my friend when my little brother went outside and he told me daddy standing up funny. I get up right away and jump out the chair and look out and see him with his foot off the ground,” the stepson related.The young man stated that he immediately raised an alarm and neighbours, as well as other family members, rushed to render assistance.He added that Balgobin would usually consume alcohol and had been encountering difficulties with certain family members. It is suspected that he committed suicide as a result of domestic issues. (Kristen Macklingam)