|Minister’s brother stabbed |
By ONIKA JAMES Sunday, December 28 2008
The simple act of placing a glass on someone’s car yesterday led to the fatal stabbing of one man, and the wounding of three others, including the brother of a Government minister.
Dead is Al Edmond of Thirteenth Avenue, Phase One, Bon Air Gardens, Arouca.
According to reports Edmond, and his friends Patrick Holder, Dane Hospedales, and Kerwin Lucio aka “Cateye” were liming in the vicinity of La Luna Bar on the Eastern Main Road, Arouca at about 6.45 am.
A short while later a man placed his drinking glass on Lucio’s car. Eyewitnesses said Lucio became enraged, and an altercation ensued.
Edmond attempted to make peace between Lucio, and the stranger who walked away from Lucio, but bottles were thrown. A short while later the stranger walked up to Lucio, and began stabbing him about the body.
Edmond, Holder, and Hospedales rushed to Lucio’s assistance, and received several stabs about their bodies. When the melee was over Edmond lay bleeding on the roadside. He was rushed to the Arima Health Facility where he died moments later.
Hospedales, the brother of Arouca /Maloney MP Alicia Hospedales, was rushed to the Medical Associates, St Joseph where he is said to be in a critical condition while, Lucio, and Holder were treated at the Arima health facility, and discharged.
Homicide officers from the North Eastern Division, and Arouca Police Station were called in. A small section of the Eastern Main Road was cordoned off for a few hours.
Witnesses claimed that the group was “a miserable bunch” who frequented the 24-hour bar.
Following their investigations officers removed the caution tape, and the popular “watering hole” continued its business as normal .
Al Edmond was recently acquitted of the 2005 murder of 19-year-old Natalie Celestine but, police were adamant that his death was not linked to that incident.
When contacted yesterday relatives of Dane Hospedales said they “preferred not to comment on the situation following advice from police.”
His sister Member of Parliament and Minister in the Ministry of Social Development Alicia Hospedales said, “We cannot comment on what happened, we are in the dark as well. Dane is hospitalised but we are not getting facts from the police so we are unable to give any information at this time.”
Homicide officers from the Arouca Police Station are continuing investigations.