Two gay men stabbed to death in Guyana by spurned lover
Sunday, July 20, 2014 | 10:25 AM
The body of Jason John was found on Leopold Street and that of Carl Sinclair was found just over a block away on Lombard Street. .
The ex-lover of five years with a colleague of the gay men, all commercial sex workers, had reportedly earlier thrown gasoline on his former partner and attempted to set him alight in the vicinity of Georgetown’s landmark St George’s Cathedral.
But eyewitnesses say that other sex workers intervened and halted the man in the act, and he fled.
The man reportedly later attacked John and Sinclair with a knife in Leopard Street, where John succumbed. Though wounded, Sinclair fled but the man caught up with him in Lombard Street and dealt the sex worker several more stabs, killing him at that location.
Gays stabbed to death; Juan Edghill’s utterance blamed
Sunday, 20 July 2014 03:07 Written by Demerara Waves
wo gays were stabbed to death early Sunday morning in Georgetown- incidents that have been already attributed to Finance Minister, Juan Edghill’s utterance on homosexuality.
Dead are Justin John Samuels of Lamaha Street and 24-year old Carlyle Sinclair of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo. Sinclair’s body was found High and Leopold Streets and Samuels’ on Lombard Street.
Several gay sex workers were up to 2:30 Sunday morning gathered at Leopold and High Streets discussing the stabbings.
Otisha said it was too early to discuss the motive or the suspected assailant, but hoped that footage from nearby surveillance cameras would be useful to investigators. Otisha noted that a security company vehicle might have been involved.
An outspoken gay, Otisha contended that the killings amounted to a hate crime that stemmed from Edghill’s remarks about gays. “His hatred speech caused this and we are going to take drastic action,” said Otihsa.
In the face of calls by the gay rights organization, Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), for him to resign over remarks he had allegedly made on a private radio station, Edghill has denied spouting hate speech against gays.
Edghill, who is a protestant Bishop, has said that he is in favour of gays receiving health care, employment and housing. However, he has maintained that same-sex couples should not be allowed to adopt and raise children because it is unnatural.