Man, 66, strangled in brutal Lima robbery, wife plays dead
- two held
Two Lima, Essequibo men have been held in connection with the brutal murder of a senior citizen who was strangled to death during a robbery onWednesday evening.
Dead is 66-year-old Herman Ramnarine, of Lima, Sea Dam.
The robbers attempted to kill the victim’s wife, Haimwantie, by suffocating her, but she was saved after she pretended to be dead during the ordeal.
Police are saying that they have not yet discovered signs of forced entry into the home.
The incident was said to have occurred around midnight Wednesday at the seaside home where the couple reportedly operated a small shop.
The traumatized 61-year-old woman recalled being asleep in the upper flat of her two-storey house when she was confronted by two unmasked men who demanded jewellery and cash.
They told her that “we done kill yuh husband”.
Mrs. Ramnarine said one of men, whom she recognized, tied her up and then used a pillow to cover her face, in a clear attempt to suffocate her. She said that she “played dead”. She was also badly beaten.
“I said Jesus save me.”
She later managed to free herself and venturing downstairs, made the shocking discovery of her husband lying motionless by the front door.
The woman said blood was oozing from her husband’s nostrils and the right side of his head was swollen.
Ramnarine said she desperately tried to resuscitate her husband by pouring some water down his throat and even administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But it was in vain.
The couple lost some $250,000 and phone cards.
A post mortem examination performed on Ramnarine’s remains by pathologist, Dr. Nehaul Singh, yesterday indicated that he died from strangulation.
He was also beaten on the head.
Mrs. Ramnarine, who complained of severe pains in her shoulder, said she had to seek medical attention at the Suddie Public Hospital for injuries she sustained to her neck.
The police in a statement said that they are investigating the murder of Herman Ramnarine but gave his age as 56 and said that the murder occurred around 20:15hrs Wednesday.
“Investigations revealed that housewife Haimwantie Ramnarine was at home when she was confronted by two men, one of whom was armed with a cutlass. They tied her up and took away an undisclosed sum of cash and a quantity of jewelry and escaped.”
Police said that the wife managed to free herself and went in search of her husband whom she found lying motionless on the lower flat with injuries to his head, with his hands tied behind his back and a piece of cloth wrapped around his neck. He was taken to the Suddie Hospital where he was pronounced DOA.
Investigations are continuing, the police statement said.