Twenty-year-old Shawn Spellen, of Lot 143 Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, was in the wee hours ofDead: Shawn SpellenMonday killed after the vehicle in which he was travelling suffered a puncture and turned turtle.According to information received, the accident occurred about 03:30h at Bushy Park Public Road, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).The now dead man was heading home when one of the tyres of the motor car got punctured, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which reportedly toppled several times before coming to a halt.An injured Spellen was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital before being transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the motor vehicle and three others also sustained injuries and were admitted to hospital.The deceased’s mother, Pamela Spellen, when contacted told Guyana Times that her son left home on Sunday evening with friends to attend a function at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Bank Demerara.She noted that she later received a phone call from one of his friends, who informed her that her son was involved in an accident and had been taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital. The distressed mother stated that when she arrived at the medical institution, she saw her son lying on a bed with blood oozing from his head and nostrils.She said the doctors at the Leonora Hospital made recommendation for him to be transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, along with the four other injured persons. She relayed that her son was placed in the ambulance, but took his last breath on his way to the medical facility.In a soft voice she stated, “After they left Vreed-en-Hoop, he probably went to Parika with his friends.”Pamela Spellen confirmed that her son, who she described as very loving and caring, was a Private attached to the Guyana Defence Force. He joined the army in mid-2013.The young man leaves to mourn his mother and four siblings. The Police are conducting an investigation into the fatal accident. Over the past weeks, several persons have lost their lives on the roadways with speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol being the main factors in the crashes.
Pravanie PersaudA pandit and his family were terrorised and robbed by five armed bandits as they were preparing for morning prayers at the Letter Kenny, East Berbice, Corentyne home.Bisoondat Rampersaud, a Hari Krishna priest, said at about 05:30h, he was getting ready for mandir when he felt someone grab him and place a metal object to his side. He said the bandit was armed with a gun and ordered him into his daughter’s bedroom.According to Rampersaud, three other men – two armed with cutlasses and the other with a gun – also followed them into the room. The still shaken man said that one of the bandits grabbed his 14-year-old daughter, who was still sleeping, by her neck and demanded cash and jewellery.He added that the bandits said if he did not hand over the cash and jewellery, they will kill his daughter. He father related that fearing for his child’s life, he handed over $60,000 and a cellular phone.“They said give we the money and gold or we gun kill she,” the man recalled, adding that having handed over the cash and phone, the bandits were not satisfied and continued to threaten to kill his daughter.Unaware of what was happening in the house, Rampersaud’s wife, Pravanie Persaud, was praying at her alter which is in the yard.Speaking with the media, Persaud said she heard her daughter scream and rushed to see what was happening. She recalled that as she made her way to her daughter’s room, she was confronted by one of the gunmen. She said the men demanded more valuables and she handed over US$150 and a quantity of jewellery. The woman recalled that the men still unsatisfied with the loot, gun butted her. She said she screamed for her neighbours, causing the men to grab a flat screen TV and escaping.Persaud said the Police arrived a short while after the bandits escaped. She said the men entered the house through an opened door, while one stood guard in the street.