Paint samples from vessels do not match – Crime Chief
Paint samples taken from the damaged army coast guard boat last year have not matched those taken from the vessel which missing 10-year-old Ricky Jainarine and two others were aboard.
On August 11, 2009, a boat mishap in the Essequibo River left the child’s father, Jainarine Dinanauth, and his close friend Henry Gibson dead, while the boy was never found.
Crime Chief Seelall Persaud yesterday confirmed that samples have failed to link the army boat in any way to the child’s disappearance and the deaths of the other two men.
When questioned about the next move of the investigation, Persaud said there was nothing else that could be done at this point, and the matter has effectively reached a “standstill”.
Kaieteur News was told that the tests were carried out by new pieces of equipment that the force had recently obtained.
Relatives of the dead men had always suspected that the coast guard ranks charged with murdering gold miner Dweive Kant Ramdass, were responsible for the accident.
According to reports, investigators had found paint similar to the one on Henry Gibson’s damaged boat on the Army Coast Guard vessel.
The relatives had said Jainarine Dinanauth’s face bore several lacerations while Gibson, the boat captain, had wounds to the back of his head, which according to them, looked as though it was inflicted with a piece of wood.
This newspaper had examined the damaged boat and residue of green paint was found at the point of collision.
A subsequent check of the Coast Guard vessel which was moored at the Parika Stelling revealed that it had been freshly repainted and that there were what appeared to be scratch marks along the side, pointing to a recent accident.
However, the paint job was hurriedly done since the original colour differed from the new paint.
Salimoon Rahaman, the young boy’s mother in a recent interview with this publication said that she has that glimmer of hope that her son was still alive.
“As a mother I cannot understand how someone could be so vicious and uncaring to take my son away from me….It’s even harder that I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye,” the woman said.
The distraught mother had said that her ultimate fear is that justice may never be served.
Rahaman was adamant that the army ranks that were charged with the murder of Dweive Kant Ramdass are responsible for her husband’s death and her son’s disappearance.
The latest development does not support that opinion. (Latoya Giles)