A 20-year-old man who allegedly beat his drinking partner to death during an argument over who should drink the last of the alcohol left in a bottle was this afternoon charged with murder.

Callis Rodrigues, a porter, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Rodrigues was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on August 17 at Kumaka Water Front, North West District, he murdered 36-year-old Oswald Henry.

According to information, on the day in question at around 21:30 hrs, the men were consuming alcohol at a shop when they began to argue over who should take the last shot of vodka in the bottle.

It was reported that Henry held on to the bottle and Rodrigues became annoyed, picked up a piece of wood, and dealt Henry several lashes about his body.

The injured man fell to the ground in an unconscious state and was rushed to the Kumaka District Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The matter was then reported, an investigation was carried out, and Rodrigues was charged.

The Chief Magistrate remanded Rodrigues to prison until September 30 when he will appear in the Aquero Magistrate’s Court.


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