It is alleged that a journalist stole and beat
Kaieteur News – A 54-year-old journalist is allegedly beaten and robbed of his property Sunday night. The man was identified as Michael Benjamin of Parafaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, a former reporter at Kaieteur News. Former boxer Benjamin was crowned Guyana lightweight champion following a majority decision victory over Jeff Roberts in November 1987.
According to a police report, the incident happened around 22:30 hours at First Avenue, Dairy. Based on information received the man was driving a PMM 2732 motor car on the heading of Canal Public Road # 1 in the westbound direction. As he turned into First Avenue, Dairy Old Bridge, he accidentally hit a motorcycle causing the pillion rider and rider to fall on the ground.
He said he left his car to look at the men, who told them that he does not want the problem to get worse and that he is prepared to compensate them for the agreement. The two men then demanded a sum of $ 40,000 for the damages made to their motorcycle. Benjamin reported that he went home to collect some money and returned with $ 30,000 and told them that this was all he could give them at this time.
The men became angry and as a result punched and kicked Benjamin with his body causing him to fall to the ground. One of the men allegedly went into the man’s pocket and took his cellphone and $ 30,000 in cash. Apparently they had escaped on their motorcycle in the east direction of Canal Public Road # 1. Police revealed that checks had been carried out around the area but none were found. The matter is still under investigation.