Sandpit victim was bludgeoned, strangled
By Latoya Giles
A post mortem performed on the decomposing remains of Soesdyke resident Rafeek Khan has revealed that he was bludgeoned and strangled.
Kaieteur News understands that Khan’s head bore a gaping wound, which is believed to have been inflicted by a very heavy object.
A source close to the investigation said that the dead man’s neck also had several marks on it. It is believed that he may have been strangled with a rope which was found near the body.
The post mortem examination was conducted by Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh.
Investigators are working on the theory that Khan might have been killed elsewhere and his body dumped at the location where it was discovered.
Kaieteur News understands that detectives are trying to identify the person who reportedly called Khan on his mobile phone shortly before he disappeared.
No motive has surfaced so far as to why the unemployed man was murdered.
When contacted yesterday morning, relatives of the deceased were preparing to transport his remains to Berbice for burial.
Celine Khan, the dead man’s wife said that the police are yet to give them any information on the status of the investigation.
“We haven’t been in contact with the police….probably because we are busy with the burial,” explained the woman.
Khan, 43, who resided at Sand Road Soesdyke, was reported missing on Wednesday, after he had left home the day before and failed to return.
His wife had told this publication that she last saw her husband on Tuesday morning after he left to do a favour for a friend.
According to the woman, her husband, who is unemployed, received a telephone call from the friend at around 07:30 hrs asking him to go and pick “fat pork”.
“He friend does mind chicken and he call and ask he to pick some (of the fruit).”
After he failed to return home later in the afternoon, Celine Khan said she became worried and tried numerous times to get him on his cell phone.
The woman said that she had gone to the same spot where her husband’s body was eventually found, but had noticed nothing unusual.