Three Berbicians commit suicide
Guyana Chronicle
July 30, 2003

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The suicide season seems to have returned to Berbice.

Daveanand Shamkarran ended his life on Wednesday night by hanging.

According to a police source, the 29-year-old cattle ranger of Lot 92 Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice, was discovered hanging from a multi coloured bed sheet on the verandah of the house by his brother after he had gone to the dead man's residence to enquire about his welfare.

The source said that Mangra was also a frequent drinker.

The police are also investigating the death of an elderly man who was found hanging in his Corentyne home last Thursday morning by his daughter, Anita.

A cane cutter or cane harvester, Jamwan Mangra, 60, of Lot 207 Number 64 Village Corentyne, Berbice, was discovered hanging from a canvas rope on the beam of his one-flat house.

A source said Mangra was a habitual drinker (alcoholic) and lived alone.

West of the Berbice River, meanwhile, a fisherman who was under the influence of alcohol reportedly lit his home afire and then stabbed himself in the lower abdomen last Thursday night following a dispute with his reputed wife.

Dead is Vishwarnauth Mohabir, 23, of Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice.

According to a police source, about 20:45 hours on Thursday night Mohabir and his reputed wife, Hemwattie Singh, 22, were engaged in a bitter domestic dispute. She subsequently left the residence that the couple shared.

The source told the Guyana Chronicle that in a drunken rage, Mohabir lit the house ablaze but managed to escape from the burning building unhurt.

He reportedly then took a kitchen knife and stabbed himself in the lower stomach; he collapsed soon after and was rushed to Fort Wellington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The building was completely gutted.

Investigations are continuing.

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