Anna Catherina triple murder…Prime suspect’s bloodstained pants recovered
- third man in custody
As investigators continue to piece together the details that led to the shocking murders of a popular West Coast Demerara bar owner and her two young sons over the weekend, there are emerging details of drugs and arrests.
Yesterday, the reputed husband and an uncle remained in custody even as reports say that a noisy fight took place in the bar around midnight Friday, shortly before the murders are believed to have taken place.
Yesterday, a post-mortem examination was performed on the bodies of Jennifer Persaud, 41, and her two sons, Afridi, six, and 15-month-old Jadon by Government Pathologist, Dr. Vivikenand. Brijmohan gave the cause of their deaths as haemorrhage and shock due to stab wounds.
The woman’s body bore several stab wounds and her neck was slashed.
The bloodied bodies of the businesswoman and her two sons were found in their home, on a bed, at Lot 67 Sea View, Anna Catherina with their throats slashed, Saturday evening.
Police arrested the woman’s reputed husband, said to be in his 20’s and the father of Jadon, after he arrived on the scene and after the bodies were discovered. He had been thrown out of the home early last week.
Police sources yesterday said that semen was found on the woman, indicating that there was sexual activity sometime Friday.
Persons in the neighbourhood said that they overheard fighting Friday night that went to around 01:00hr on Saturday.
Both the reputed husband and his uncle were seen late that night in the shop. Four other persons were also in the shop drinking way past midnight, Kaieteur News was told.
The police up to yesterday were reportedly working to break the case wide open, considering the reputed husband and his uncle the main suspects.
Investigators reportedly found a pair of trousers with what appeared to be blood stains at the uncle’s home in Anna Catherina. The suspect reportedly claimed that the trousers were his, but said that it was his blood on the clothing.
According to a source, the man’s uncle provided an alibi for the suspect by telling investigators that the nephew had spent the entire Sunday night at his home.
Kaieteur News was told that it was only last week that police raided the bar searching for drugs.
Several months ago, the reputed husband, a deportee from the US, was arrested along with Persaud after a drug raid on the business place. He was reportedly deported for drug-related offences in the United States.
Several complaints had also been lodged by the dead woman, a mother of six, at the Leonora Police Station.
Police sources yesterday said that there were reports of drugs being sold at the business place.
Family members of the slain woman said that it was exactly for this reason that she had evicted her reputed husband.
Worried family members had entered the home after not hearing from the businesswoman during Saturday.
The family had spoken to Persaud late Friday night.
The woman’s father, Kumar Persaud, 66, a former policeman who resides at Friendship, East Bank Demerara, became worried after his grandson, Raul Ally, returned from the Anna Catherina home on Saturday and reported that he had found the business place locked tight around midday.
“He said that her Nissan Titan pickup was still in the yard. He said that neighbours tell he that she dress up and gone out.”
Ally had gone there to pick up chickens that his aunt was supposed to buy for his wedding.
A worried Persaud and his wife and another relative immediately journeyed to the West Coast Demerara business place. They found the bar locked tight and the lights were off. However, they discovered the back door open and after searching made the gruesome discovery. The older boy was found lying across his mother’s chest.
Although the place was ransacked, the father was convinced that robbery was not the motive. “I find $40,000 next to she, roll up, and there was some jewels in a box that anybody could’a see. This is no robbery.”
There were no signs of forced entry.