Hair found on seized car, DNA tests likely
Bank employee’s murder…
- Driver, aunt detained
By Michael Jordan and Latoya Giles
After four days of diligent investigation, police should know soon whether they have solved the murder of bank employee Sheema Mangar.
Their leads include a 31-year-old driver and his aunt, who are both in custody, a slightly dented, silver-grey car that they have impounded, and a single strand of hair that investigators found on the same vehicle.
Kaieteur News understands that the driver was taken into custody on Monday night after police received information which suggested that he had driven the car which ran over and killed 21-year-old Mangar.
According to information provided to investigators, the suspect and another individual were in the vehicle which ran over Mangar.
A police official revealed that the driver has Kingston and Sophia addresses, and has had previous brushes with the law.
Police have also detained the man’s aunt, who reportedly owns the silver-grey car that the suspect drives.
Kaieteur News understands that Crime Scene ranks recovered a strand of hair on the car, and also observed that the vehicle was slightly dented at the front.
Sources at the funeral home where Mangar’s body is being stored confirmed last night that detectives took samples from her remains. From all indications, police intend to have DNA tests conducted on the hair from the car and those from the victim.
A senior police official said that the Force is leaving no stone unturned to catch the 21-year-old Demerara Bank cashier’s killer(s).
“It’s a matter we are working on feverishly…we have to crack this one.”
According to an eyewitness, Sheema Mangar, of 675 Block Eight Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, was callously run over by a silver-grey car last Friday evening after one of the occupants had snatched her Blackberry cell phone.
The former Queen’s College student had just left her workplace and was reportedly awaiting transportation near Camp Street and North Road.
An eyewitness had recalled seeing a man running from North Road into Camp Street. She said that the man then got into a car which was parked near the Bedford Methodist Church on Camp Street.
The eyewitness then saw Mangar run towards the car while shouting “thief, thief.”
Mangar then stood in front of the car, which was facing north, and shouted: “Give me my cell phone.”
Instead, the driver of the car ran over Mangar, who was dragged to Church Street.
The car then headed east along Church Street.
A taxi driver told Kaieteur News that he was in the area when he saw Mangar lying on the roadway in the vicinity of Church and Camp Streets. He recalled that she was screaming and bleeding profusely.
The man said that from the injured woman’s clothing, he ascertained that she was a Demerara Bank Limited employee.
The taxi driver said that persons assisted him in placing Mangar in his vehicle and he took her to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
She was subsequently transferred to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital where she succumbed on Saturday.
An autopsy revealed that she died as a result of a ruptured spleen. She had also sustained a broken right hand, head injuries and lacerations to the body.
The slain woman’s colleagues at the Demerara Bank and the public at large have spoken out in condemnation of the heinous act.
In a statement on Monday, officials from the bank said that the callous act of brutality should be condemned by society as it portrays Guyana as a country where human life is as cheap as a cell phone.
In a statement, the People’s National Congress Reform said that the manner of the robbery heralds a new level of criminality which deserves swift and condign action on the part of the security forces and other law enforcement authorities. The party called on Commissioner of Police, Henry Greene, to ensure that the perpetrators do not go unpunished.