A Lusignan Prison inmate died today after he was attacked by another inmate in the quarantine section of the prison on Thursday last.

Dead is 40-year-old, Victor Soomaru, of Lot 85 Gordon Street, Kitty, Georgetown. He was on remand for allegedly trafficking 1.959 grammes of cannabis.

According to the Guyana Prison Service (GPS), on Thursday, February 04, 2021 at about 21:05hrs, an alarm was raised by prisoners housed in Unit #1 at the Lusignan Prison (Quarantine Section). The Officers on duty responded and it was reported that Soomaru was lashed with a piece of brick wrapped in a towel while he was asleep.

Soomaru was immediately taken out of the unit and escorted to the Prison Infirmary where he was seen by the medical personnel on duty and given the necessary medical attention. He was later referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for further medical treatment and was seen and examined by a doctor on duty. This morning, around 10:30hrs, he died while receiving medical attention.

The Officer-in-Charge has already contacted Soomaru’s mother to inform of the incident. The body was taken to the GPHC mortuary and is awaiting a post-mortem examination. The suspect has since been relocated.


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