Thieves slit watchman’s throat
The once peaceful and secure community of Enmore, East Coast Demerara is once again grappling with another savage murder, the second in less than two weeks.
This time it is 60-year old watchman, Rudolph Narine, called ‘Uncle Boy’, whose body was discovered about 06:30 hours at his place of employment, R. Ramlagan Grocery at 34 Logwood, Enmore.
His throat was slit and his head showed signs of being battered. His mouth was gagged and his feet tied with a piece of white rope.
The killers then proceeded to ransack the business place, before carting off an undisclosed quantity of goods.
Villagers are convinced that the perpetrators are elements from within the community, who timed the movements of the village community policing group to perfection.
Narine had been working at the establishment, one of the most popular weekend shopping spots on the East Coast of Demerara, for the past two weeks.
Police in a statement yesterday said that the body of Rudolph Narine, 60, of Logwood, Enmore, was found at the entrance to a grocery store at Logwood where he worked as a watchman.
“The body was found with injuries to the head and throat, mouth gagged and feet tied. The store was broken into and articles stolen.”
Businessman R. Ramlagan called ‘Lil Boy’ told members of the media that he turned up yesterday morning to open his business and made the gruesome discovery.
“I lock up normal yesterday and come back this morning fuh release he (Narine) 6:30. Me nah hear he answer. When me peep over de fence, me see de man lie down deh. So after me see like blood, me just go and call de police,” Ramlagan said.
The police eventually came and upon opening up the premises, Ramlagan’s fears were confirmed; the grocery had been ransacked.
He could not immediately estimate his losses. “The whole place ransack and I miss some things.”
That was not all. The perpetrators maliciously broke the pipe that brought water into the building, flooding the interior and resulting in significant damage to several items.
Neighbours to the eastern side of the grocery reported hearing nothing that would have caused any alarm on Friday night or early Saturday morning.
“Is nah till ‘Lil Boy’ come fuh open dem me know wha happen,” the neighbour said.
It is believed that Narine was killed some time after midnight since his empty food container which was recovered at the scene provided evidence that he had already eaten his dinner which he would normally do around 23:00 hours.
Members of the area’s community policing group also informed that they had been patrolling the village on Friday night but concluded their tour of duty around 23:30 hours.
Narine’s reputed wife, Champa Allicock, and the rest of his family believe that he was killed by persons whom he had recognised.
They are convinced that his throat was slit with a knife he always carried on his person.
“He does knit cast net and he always got he knife pon he; we nah find it,” a relative told this newspaper.
Allicock told Kaieteur News that Narine left home for work at around 17:15 hours on Friday.
“A little boy come and ask me where ‘Uncle Boy’ is and I said that he gone to work. That was about seven o’clock. He said that uncle boy dead ah road and I say no, it can’t be.”
She said that she related to Narine’s daughter what was told to her but before they could leave to confirm the information, the grocery proprietor’s daughter came and related the tragic news.
They then went to the scene where they identified Narine’s body.
Yesterday’s incident occurred just a stone’s throw away from where the body of taxi driver, Rajendra Puran was discovered.
And residents are worried that the once fortified village is fast becoming a haven for criminal activity.
Only recently, thieves broke into the store of former Guyana wicketkeeper batsman Sheik Mohamed and made off with an undisclosed quantity of cellular phones and other valuables.
Although several persons were arrested, police could not come up with enough evidence to charge them, hence they were released, much to the anger of several members of the neighbourhood.
“Enmore nah had these kinda things before now,” one resident lamented.
“Dis gat fuh be people inside here because nobody nah go come in here and do dis,” another resident said.
Police are hoping that this time around they will have enough to enable them to find and prosecute the killers.