A 22-year-old man is now in police custody, following the death of a relative of his, hours after a fight at their home in Bamboo Village.

Guardian Media understands the relative was badly beaten with a piece of bamboo during the altercation on Friday, which was over alleged stolen items.

According to a police report, at about 3:30 pm on Friday, police officers responded to a report of a fight at #54 Nabbie Street, Bamboo #2.

On arrival, one of the officers observed a male person of East Indian descent with blood oozing from the left shoulder. The man was identified as 35-year-old Sheldon Beepath.

Upon enquiries, the officer was told that at about 1.30 pm that same day, Beepath got into an argument with one of his cousins, aged 22 years, allegedly over a stolen gas tank.

During the fight, Beepath took a knife and stabbed the cousin on the shoulder. The cousin then reached for a piece of Bamboo rod and dealt Beepath several blows about his body.

Beepath subsequently fell on the ground.

Police said both men were highly intoxicated after consuming an alcoholic beverage. A relative claimed they had previously imbibed Puncheon rum.

The police report stated that at about 4 am on Saturday, Beepath’s mother reported that her son told her he was in pain and wanted to lay on the floor, which he did. At about 9.10 am, Beepath’s mother attempted to wake him and observed that his body seemed lifeless.

Ag W Cpl Steele and a party of officers visited the scene and reported that Beepath’s body bore marks of violence. Also, present at the scene was District Medical Officer Dr. Laltoo, who made her pronouncements on the body. The scene was processed by crime scene officers.

Beepath’s body was removed and ordered to be taken to the Forensic Science Centre, where an autopsy is expected to be conducted on Monday.

The suspect was taken into custody at the St Joseph Police Station.

The Homicide Bureau is continuing inquiries.