… minibus conductor arrestedA tattoo artist was on Friday evening stabbed to death during an alleged robbery in the vicinity of Demico House, Stabroek Market, Georgetown. Raul Rodrigues, 40, also called “Tattoo Man” of Lot 64 Leopold Street, Georgetown, was attacked and stabbed once to his chest by two men during the robbery.Dead tattoo artist: Raul RodriguesReports are Rodrigues, who is also a mason, was consuming alcohol in Leopold Street, Georgetown earlier in the day but reportedly left to collect his child’s mother, who was getting off from work at 20:00h.However, Guyana Times understands that while walking in the vicinity of Dairy Bus Park, he was attacked by two males where he was stabbed. In an attempt to escape from his assailants, he collapsed in front of Demico House. The perpetrators reportedly relieved him of an iPhone he was carrying at the time.He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where he reportedly died while receiving medical attention.Annastacia Rodrigues, a sister of the dead man told Guyana Times that she was at home in Campbell Street, Albouystown, when she received a telephone call informing her that her brother was stabbed. As she was hurrying out, another friend told her that he was dead and that the family must rush to the hospital.Upon arriving at the medical facility, she was restricted from seeing her brother although she pleaded with the security guards to be allowed to see him.“About an hour and a half later, they come out and tell us that he was dead,” she related. Again, she requested to see her bother but that request was denied. However, she returned to the Police Station on Saturday morning where she was told that someone was arrested for the murder.“The Police tell me that they arrested a man, but they could not say if he was the one who stabbed my brother, but they tell me that investigations are continuing,” she noted.Nevertheless, she recalled that her sister was also stabbed and killed six years ago but no one was ever charged for the murder. She however, vowed to seek justice for her brother this time around.While at Rodrigues’ house, her mother fainted several times as she cried out “they kill him… they kill him… no body nah do nothing to save he life.”Meanwhile, the mother of the dead man’s child reportedly told Police that she left work and was heading to the minibus park when she saw someone lying on the ground and upon checking, she realised that it was Rodrigues. She noted that from all indications, he was already dead.The Police in a release stated that Rodrigues was involved in an altercation with two men when one of them armed himself with an object and dealt him one blow to the region of his heart. Guyana Times understands that a 28-year-old minibus conductor was arrested and is being questioned in relation to the murder.Rodrigues leaves to mourn his mother, siblings and three daughters.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis was happy to reminisce about his fond Stoke memories after his side secured a narrow 1-0 victory over the Potters at the Hawthorns.Brown Ideye’s fifth goal since his failed January move away from the Baggies proved the difference as the hosts held on for a crucial victory which all-but secures their Premier League safety.Pulis, who left Stoke just under two seasons ago, was nostalgic about his time at the Britannia Stadium after the encounter but reiterated the importance of the home side’s victory.“I had a great ten years at Stoke – it was a wonderful journey,” said Pulis.“I left them in a very sound position and to take them to where they went [an FA Cup final] was wonderful. They are years I will remember but today was all about West Brom getting the three points.”The victory lifted West Brom eight points clear of the relegation zone with nine games remaining, but Pulis was unhappy with Michael Oliver’s display after they were denied a second-half penalty.Pulis said: “The referee stopped us from getting a few more. Michael will look at that [the penalty decision] and be very disappointed.“That is as blatant a penalty as I have seen for a long time.”The Baggies boss also singled out new signing Darren Fletcher for special praise as his partnership with James Morrison in central midfield proved instrumental in delivering the three points.“He’s been an absolutely fantastic signing for the football club,” added Pulis.“He seems to be over his illness. He looks as sprightly as any 20-year-old with his enthusiasm and energy levels.”