Paign against al­co­hol abuse

Nine liquor-re­lated deaths recorded in Septem­ber

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

car­riage­way of the road when Punch re­port­edly lost con­trol and col­lided with a util­ity pole. As a re­sult of the im­pact, they were all flung onto the road­way.

On Thurs­day, Septem­ber 27th,

30, of Lot 1 Cot­ton Tree Vil­lage, West Coast Ber­bice, died af­ter his mo­tor­bike slammed into a con­crete fence along the Num­ber 6 Vil­lage, West Coast Ber­bice.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion gathered, the man, in the com­pany of oth­ers, was drink­ing at a play­field in his home vil­lage be­fore he left to go pur­chase ice from a nearby vil­lage. It was while re­turn­ing around 3 pm, that he lost con­trol of his mo­tor­cy­cle.

The pre­ced­ing al­co­hol­fu­eled ac­ci­dent oc­curred on Septem­ber 12th, when Con­rad Al­leyne, 64, of 33 Hague, West Coast De­mer­ara (WCD), was killed af­ter a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer who was driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol struck the bi­cy­cle he was rid­ing.

That ac­ci­dent oc­curred at around 7.20 pm along the Bo­erasirie Bridge, WCD Pub­lic Road.

In a state­ment, the po­lice ex­plained that the ve­hi­cle in­volved in the ac­ci­dent, PTT 992, was at the time be­ing driven by a Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, who is sta­tioned in ‘D’ Di­vi­sion (West De­mer­ara). While the po­lice did not re­veal the iden­tity of the se­nior of­fi­cer, sources iden­ti­fied him as Pa­trick Todd, who is the Of­fi­cer-in-Charge of the No.2 Sub-Di­vi­sion.

Dur­ing the ini­tial stages of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Todd was ad­min­is­tered a breathal­yser test and his breath al­co­hol con­tent was found to be above the le­gal limit.

Mean­while, Satesh Sookdeo, 21, was al­legedly stabbed in the chest with a bro­ken lou­vre pane by his fa­ther on Septem­ber 8th, af­ter he in­ter­vened in an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween his par­ents. He died in his mother’s arms.

Res­i­dents in the area pre­vi­ously told this publi­ca­tion that Mohan Sookdeo and his wife would usu­ally have ar­gu­ments in which Satesh would in­ter­vene. Re­ports in­di­cated that this would oc­cur when­ever the el­der Sookdeo would con­sume al­co­hol. The el­der Sookdeo was charged with mur­der on Septem­ber 12th.

The body of Mal­colm Cor­lette, 37, was dis­cov­ered face down with his arms twisted in the back­lands of Num­ber 54 Vil­lage, Coren­tyne by res­i­dents on Septem­ber 6th. He was de­scribed as an al­co­holic who, when in­tox­i­cated, was un­able to con­trol him­self. There were no marks of vi­o­lence on his body when he was found. It is sus­pected that af­ter con­sum­ing al­co­hol he ven­tured into the back­lands, where he col­lapsed and died. A post mortem re­vealed that he died from hy­po­v­olemic shock, which is linked to ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion. On Septem­ber 3rd, Kevon Ta­cour­deen, 32, was struck down and killed on Fair­field Pub­lic Road, Esse­quibo Coast. It is al­leged that Ta­cour­deen, who was rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle at the time, was hit by the driver of a pick-up, who was in­tox­i­cated and al­legedly speed­ing at the time.

Akemo An­thony, 23, died on Septem­ber 1st af­ter an al­legedly in­tox­i­cated po­lice­man driv­ing a force ve­hi­cle col­lided with him. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred around 11.40 pm on Man­dela Av­enue in the vicin­ity of Back Cir­cle, East Ruimveldt.

The po­lice had dis­closed in a state­ment that the po­lice con­sta­ble failed the breathal­yser test af­ter the ac­ci­dent. The po­lice added that the con­sta­ble was pro­ceed­ing east along the north­ern car­riage­way on Man­dela Av­enue while An­thony was pro­ceed­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion on mo­tor­cy­cle CJ511. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the An­thony turned north in an at­tempt to cross into Back Cir­cle Street and the rank col­lided with him. The law­man has since been charged with both drunk driv­ing and caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Isa­iah Cor­lette Ryan Gar­ret,

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