The decomposing body of 38-year-old Ramesh Mc Kenna was found in a canal at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, around noon yesterday, and reports indicate that he committed suicide.
There are conflicting reports about the motive for the suicide. One report stated that the unemployed man owed his spouse over $200,000 in child support.
This debt played on his mind and he told friends that he could not see his way. He reportedly said that he preferred death than going to jail for child support.
Mc Kenna, of Grove Squatting area, was reportedly seen jumping into the canal on Wednesday, after telling relatives and persons in his community that he would take his own life.
According to other sources, Mc Kenna began drinking heavily about three years ago after separating from his spouse.
Kaieteur News understands that on Wednesday, Mc Kenna borrowed $100 from his sister and then informed some of his relatives that he intended to kill himself.
He was later seen walking along the East Bank Demerara foreshore. He reportedly told persons he encountered about his intentions. However, no one took Mc Kenna seriously, since he had made those same threats before.
A group of fishermen saw Mc Kenna plunge into a nearby canal.
The victim’s reputed wife, Alexis December, said she last saw Mc Kenna on Wednesday. The woman said Mc Kenna came to her early Wednesday morning and asked her for $100.
“He came and ask for a hundred and ah tell he I ain’t got change so ah call he sister and ask she fuh give he. Then he come and tell me he going kill heself,” December recalled.
The woman said that was the last time she saw him alive.
Some time after noon yesterday, the woman said that she received a call saying that his remains were found in Land of Canaan.
The body was taken to the city and a post mortem is to be done next week.
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