44 murders, nearly half still unsolved
Police are struggling to solve close to half of the murders that have occurred this year.
Statistics by Kaieteur News show that there have been 44 murders between January and May 8. Eighteen of them are still unsolved. In some of the cases, the suspects have been identified but are yet to be apprehended.
Among the unsolved are the murder of Sanjay Persaud, 40, an itinerant vendor of Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara, was shot dead and robbed outside the abandoned Piggott’s Drug Store located at the Regent and Bourda Street on January 17; that of 59-year-old Roopnatine Ramodit, a US-based Guyanese, shot dead by bandits at Clifton Settlement, Corentyne, Berbice, hours after returning home for a vacation; 32-year old Shane Rodney, of Lot 68 Section A Sophia, stabbed to death in his yard by a neighbour, identified as Roger Pilgrim.
Also unsolved is the bizarre murder in late January of 17-year-old Vishaul Ram, called Ryan, of 1002 Diamond New Scheme, East Bank Demerara, at Madewini Creek; the murder of taxi driver Charles Caesar, who was shot dead on January 30 after being lured to a back street in Tucville; the February 15 murder of 68-year old Prempatee Ramsundar called ‘Auntie Daro’, at her Newtown, Enmore home; the murder of 74-year-old Khirul Najidam, also called Babloo Saddick, at her Gaulding Place, South Ruimveldt home, and that of 68-year-old Sukhdai Ramkilaum, called ‘Mama Rose’ and ‘Rosaline,’ at her Lot 80 Vryheid’s Lust North residence. Her throat had been slit and her home was ransacked.
Of the 44 slain, nine persons were victims of robberies. Thirteen have died from gunshot injuries. Eleven of the murders occurred in E and F Division, with the majority being as a result of disputes. Nine women have been slain for the year.