Bloody Jouvert at Sando Hospital
17 get surgery for stabbing, gunshot injuries
A MAN who was stabbed in the abdomen during the Jouvert revelry in San Fernando was one of 17 people who had to undergo surgery at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) on Monday for injuries related to violent incidents during Carnival.
Twenty-five-year-old Omar Sookraj, of Garth Road, Williamsville, was stabbed with a broken bottle in San Fernando on Monday morning. Police are searching for two male suspects.
The incident occurred around 8.45 a.m. on Sutton Street where Sookraj had an altercation with two men.
Police said the men took a broken bottle and dealt Sookraj several stabs about his body. They then ran away from the scene.
PC Matloo of the San Fernando Police Station is continuing investigations.
In an unrelated incident, a 25-year-old man was found by police with a loaded pistol.
Police said around 10.15 a.m., Sgt Hayden Manwarren and a party of police officers from the San Fernando CID were on patrol on Todd's Street when they stopped and searched the suspect.
A revolver with two live rounds and two spent shells were found in the suspect's pocket.
Police said a woman was also stabbed in the hand and had to be treated at hospital.
They also held a man who was in possession of a .38 pistol with three rounds of ammunition while in a Jouvert band on Coffee Street, San Fernando.
Anil Gosine, chief executive officer of the South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA), said preliminary reports showed that by midday on Monday, 17 people had sought medical attention at the San Fernando General Hospital following Jouvert celebrations.
He said injuries ranged from gunshot to knife wounds.
Gosine said others were treated for minor cuts following bottle-throwing incidents while one intoxicated man had to be treated after he injured himself.
Gosine said on Monday night, three patients sought medical attention after "minor incidents" of violence and they were treated and discharged.
Up until midday yesterday, no one came to the hospital for treatment for any injuries relating to violence.
Gosine said there was no increase in the number of people nursing injuries as compared to Jouvert celebrations last year.
Around 1 p.m., he described San Fernando's Accident and Emergency Department as being "fairly quiet".