Dec 06, 2008 News
Residents of Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara, awoke in a state of disbelief yesterday morning when they learnt of the discovery of the badly battered body of 41-year-old Vieo Persaud. The body was found in a pool of blood inside his home.
So far, police have taken three women into custody to assist in their investigations, as they were the last persons to have kept company with the dead man.
Persaud, commonly known as Sunil, was bludgeoned with a hammer, sustaining severe blows to the head, as the killer or killers robbed him of all his jewellery and an undisclosed sum of cash, after ransacking his house at 29 Meten-Meer-Zorg Public Road. Up to news time, the murder weapon had not been found.
The discovery was made at around 05:00 hrs yesterday morning by one of Sunil’s friends, with whom he was having a few ‘drinks’ on Thursday evening.
The friend, called Shireen, who has since been taken into police custody, told Kaieteur News that Sunil had invited her and two other friends, Melrose and Yonnette, to his house on Thursday night, after he had come back to Guyana from Suriname on Wednesday and wanted to ‘catch up’ with some of his friends.
She noted that they were all drinking together and playing loud music; and after it was getting late, she decided to go home, leaving Sunil with the two other friends.
According to the woman, she came back to Sunil’s house very early yesterday morning, and found the gate and his door ‘wide open’.
She said that she entered the yard and peered through the window and saw her friend lying in a pool of blood next to his front door, which was ajar. She immediately raised an alarm, and neighbours rushed to the scene.
Kaieteur News understands that one of the three women in custody told investigators that, during the course of Thursday night, when they were all drinking together, five boys came to meet Sunil, but only one of them entered the house and spoke with him, while the others waited on the road.
The women claimed that they do not know who the boys are, and that they have never seen them before.
According to the man’s uncle, Carl Chee-A-Tow, he last saw his nephew on Thursday when he came to have lunch with the family.
Chee-A-Tow, who got a good viewing of the body, told this newspaper that the face was badly smashed in and there were two gaping wounds on the forehead, which indicates that he was beaten on his face by a hammer.
However, no hammer was found at the murder scene, but a small kitchen knife.
The police also recovered a pair of slippers, some clothing and a number of beer bottles from the house, which they dusted for finger prints.
The dead man’s uncle added that the room was ransacked; the wardrobe door was ripped from its hinges so that the perpetrators could get to whatever cash there was. It was also noted that Sunil was wearing almost all of his jewellery, but when his body was discovered, none of the jewellery was found on him, except his wristwatch.Residents say that they do not recall hearing any screams coming from Sunil’s house, as he was playing loud music throughout the night.
Most of the residents are of the opinion that Sunil knew his killers, as there was no forced entry, and according to them, he was not the type of person to have allowed strangers into his home.
Meanwhile, this newspaper was later informed that, during the course of yesterday, the police have been searching the community and questioning residents about the killing.
Kaieteur News understands that the owner of the Prestige Barber Shop, which operates in front of the house of Sunil, was also taken for questioning by the police at the Leonora Police Station, but he was later released.
Residents noted that Sunil was very popular in the community, and is well known by almost everyone. They described him as being a very friendly person, and recalled him always saying that he never wanted to be murdered.
Sunil lived alone, and leaves to mourn his mother and other siblings. (Fareeza Haniff)
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