LESS than a month after he married his long-time sweetheart and was preparing to welcome their first child, his life was cut short when bandits shot and killed him on Tuesday night.Dead is Jermain Scott, 26, of Lot 291 Toucan Street, North-East La Penitence, Georgetown. He was shot to the chest while trying to save his sister, who was being robbed, a stone’s throw from his house. Speaking to the Guyana Chronicle on Wednesday morning, Jermain’s mother, Maureen Scott, said she was in the shower when she heard gunshots. She went outside and found her son lying on the ground in a pool of blood, struggling to breathe.
Mrs. Scott added that she was later told that her daughter, Simone Scott, was returning home with a friend, Maureen Bristol, on Tuesday night and as they were nearing home, two men exited a dark-coloured Toyota 212 motorcar. The mother disclosed that one of the robbers cuffed her daughter to the neck and snatched a gold chain she was wearing, which was a gift from Jermain. The robber also took away their cellphones as Bristol screamed for help. According to the mother, Bristol managed to pull out a knife in an effort to ward off the men and continued to scream since the area was without electricity and it was dark.
It was then that Jermain ran out to help the duo. However, he was shot and the men escaped in the waiting, heavily tinted motorcar which was said to be parked nearby.
Mrs. Scott recalled that on Tuesday night her husband had just closed their grocery shop at about 22:00hrs, when she heard the gunshots and was later told that a car was observed parked near the house before the incident. One of the suspects was described as a tall, red-skinned man sporting long hair which was a ‘twist’ hairdo with a tattoo on his neck, while his accomplice was described as stout and dark-skinned.
Mrs Scott described her son as a very peaceful, easy-going person, who was employed at Banks DIH as a maintenance mechanic in the rum factory.
Mrs. Scott said her son was expecting a lot, most of all his baby and was in the prime of his life. She said her son returned home from work on Tuesday at about 17:00hrs and was engrossed in painting the upper flat of the house.
She said he was in high spirits for the Christmas season. Meanwhile, his wife, Cassandra Scott, who is expecting her first child, is inconsolable and was taken to the hospital on Wednesday.