Bel Air businessman died of suffocation, blunt trauma
Police have written to the Guyana Revenue Authority to ascertain whether any of their staffers had been paying recent visits to the home of stallholder Frank Persaud, who was slain last Tuesday by bandits posing as customs officers.
Investigators are pondering whether the killers might have been former GRA employees, but are yet to come up with any leads pointing to the identity of the three men who attacked the 45-year-old man at his Bel Air Village, East Coast Demerara home.
A post mortem conducted yesterday by Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh, revealed that cause of death was due to blunt trauma to the head and suffocation.
It is believed that Mr. Persaud suffocated after his attackers covered his mouth and nose with duct-tape. Several blows to the head are also being noted as a possible contributory factor to the man’s demise.
Persaud, who operated a stall in Stabroek Market, was bound and gagged in a bond beneath his house, after the assailants, lured him there under the pretext of checking on goods that he had stored on the property.
Reports suggest that the murder was not intentional, since investigations reveal that the robbers tried to revive their unconscious victim by throwing water on him, before they made their escape in a white Canter.
The robbers also tied up the victim’s wife, Bibi Nalisha Mohamed, and the couple’s two-year-old daughter. The woman managed to free herself and contacted relatives who visited the scene where Persaud’s motionless body was found.
Reports indicate that the killers visited the house once Monday and on Tuesday morning, before returning later that evening when they made their move. Police believe that they did not advance on the first two occasions because a worker was always present.
However, the story they had come up with after having entered was that they were giving Mr. Persaud time to get up his duty slips.
Relatives disclosed that a large quantity of corned beef, biscuits and wafers were stolen from the bond. The intruders also made off with $119,000 in cash – proceeds of the day’s sale.
The dead man’s wife said that one of the men had a Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) badge and wore a shirt and tie, while the other two had shirt-jacs. They also had cameras and reportedly took out photographs.