C’tyne double-murder suspect dies
A man who admitted to killing two women in the Corentyne backdam, two Saturdays ago, has died, police confirmed yesterday.
Twenty-one year-old Deodat Persaud called ‘Simon’, of Miss Phoebe, Port Mourant, Corentyne, had drank a poisonous substance after returning from the area where he had hidden the bodies of Flory Papiah, 33, and Jennifer Pooran, 19, under some branches. Both of the women were broom vendors who had gone to the Adventure, Corentyne backdam to cut branches to make brooms. Persaud, who had been living with the women, admitted orally that he killed them, police said in the statement yesterday.
Both Papiah and Pooran had their throats slashed.
Persaud had ingested a poisonous liquid before being apprehended and was hospitalised since the September 30th discovery of the bodies.
According to a relative, Papiah, who has two daughters, aged 15 and 13, was chopped across her face, back and hands. Sources said that Pooran’s neck was severed and her body also bore other wounds. A cutlass, some clothes and a bag were reportedly found at the scene.
Persaud was said to be Papiah’s nephew.
The man had initially claimed that while at Adventure, some men held the three of them at gunpoint and told him to drink poison and run. He reportedly also said that the men then abducted the two women.
One of Papiah’s daughters told Kaieteur News that her mother’s friend, 19-year-old Pooran, had been living at her mother’s home for over two years.
Pooran, who is survived by a two-year-old son, sold icicles and would assist with chores. Both women had resided briefly in Suriname.
Papiah’s daughter had said that on the Saturday of her death, the two women and Persaud left to cut coconut branches and ‘strip broom’ at Adventure, Corentyne. She said that around 11:00 hrs, Persaud returned alone, and when she enquired about her mother, the man said that Papiah had left to sell brooms. The daughter recalled that Persaud had left wearing a white vest, but was not wearing the garment when he returned.
According to her, the man returned about 30 minutes later and began to vomit.”He then ran inside and started to vomit and when I asked him what happen he did not answer”.
He ran inside and collapsed.
She raised an alarm and Persaud was rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital before being transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital. There are reports that he attempted to escape from the latter facility.
The girl stated that her uncles and other relatives made a missing report at the Whim Police Station at around 16:30 hrs on Saturday, September 29th. They then searched late into the evening for the missing women but failed to locate them.
Accompanied by police, they returned the following day and eventually located the women’s mutilated corpses under a pile of coconut branches.