Executed taxi driver owed money for ‘backtrack,’ other deals – police
Detectives checking into the background of executed taxi driver Sean De Freitas Sookdeo are unearthing details pointing to a shady lifestyle that included a number of fraudulent deals that may have caused his brutal end.
Kaieteur News understands that investigations have revealed that Sookdeo had recently taken $500,000 from at least one individual whom he promised to assist in leaving Guyana illegally. That deal never came through.
There is also a fraudulent transaction involving a car that Sookdeo drove. The vehicle was reportedly brought from Suriname and Sookdeo allegedly sold the vehicle twice. One man allegedly made a $200,000 down-payment for the vehicle but never got it.
“He apparently robbed a whole lot of people. He apparently did everything that was bad,” a police source said.
Kaieteur News understands that a post mortem examination performed yesterday by Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh revealed that the 25-year-old was shot six times. At least two of the bullets were at close range to the head. Sources believed that the killer used a .38 revolver.
But police officials admitted yesterday that they are still to identify a suspect in his murder, despite having a number of motives as to why he was killed.
Kaieteur News was told that detectives have begun checking the numbers in the mobile phone of the slain taxi driver in the hope that those last calls he made or received may help identify the persons who dumped his bullet-riddled body at Thomas Lands.
His wife, Alicia Sookdeo, has refuted reports about his alleged debts for cars. She told Kaieteur News that while her husband did have debts for clothing he took while running a boutique, but she did not believe that that was the reason for his execution.
There are reports that about a month ago, a man had called Sookdeo’s wife, demanding a vehicle or money, and had made threatening remarks.
However, Alicia Sookdeo was adamant that her husband did not owe anyone but the bank for his vehicle.
The report also stated that investigators had learnt that the now dead man had owed amounts of G$500,000 and G$300,000.
While the dead man’s wife acknowledged the sums owed, she explained that they were as a result of their boutique business running bankrupt in May this year.
Sean Sookdeo’s bullet-riddled body was discovered at Thomas Lands early Tuesday morning.
According to sources close to the investigation, the victim, who hailed from Block CC Mon Repos on the East Coast of Demerara, appeared to have been tortured also.
The source said that there were what appeared to be burns to his neck and abdomen.
A police source on the East Coast of Demerara had told Kaieteur News that although Sookdeo is known to them, he was never charged with any criminal offence.