A 50-YEAR-old Chaguanas man died on Friday night at hospital after he was beaten earlier in the week over an incident involving a cellphone that was stolen.
Floyd Mahase, a father of four, of Derrick Road, Chase Village, succumbed to his injuries after undergoing emergency surgery at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.
Mahase’s father, Randolph Mahabir, who was at his bedside when he died, said his son was not a violent person, and he wanted justice for his death.
The dead man’s brother, Trevor Mahabir, said the victim was a drug addict, but he did not interfere with anyone.
Trevor Mahabir said he saw him last Monday when he came to the family’s home in Derrick Road Extension to have a meal.
The brother said he would come to eat every evening, and when the family did not see him for three days, last Thursday, Mahase’s brother and father went in search of him.
The relatives said they found Mahase in a ditch next to his one-room house. He was unconscious, naked and bleeding from wounds to his head and bruises about his body.
Randolph Mahabir said there were fragments of a broken bottle on the ground.
The father said residents in the area told the family that last Tuesday, Mahase had an altercation with a man and a woman whom he had previously worked for.
“I heard they accused him of stealing a cellphone, but he did not have it. We know he was an addict, but it didn’t warrant him having to suffer like that,” said Randolph Mahabir.
Trevor Mahabir said residents said that last Tuesday evening after Mahase was beaten, someone called an ambulance and when it arrived, Mahase refused to be taken to hospital.
The relatives said they did not know how or why Mahase ended up in a ditch without clothing outside his house.
“This is my eldest son, and I tried with him for over 20 years to get off drugs. I cannot accept that someone did this to him. People used and abused him because they said he was a ‘piper’. He would work and they would hardly pay him or just give him a plate of food in return,” said the father. “I believe this is in the hands of God and He will give us judgment.”
An autopsy is expected to be performed on the body at the Forensic Science Centre in St James tomorrow.
WPC Parks of the Freeport Police Station is continuing investigations.