The bandit who was slain in last Friday night’s shootout with businessman Ryan Boodhoo at Blankenburg, West Coast Demerara, was also a confidence trickster who was before the court in connection with a $2.2 pluck chicken scam.
A police release yesterday identified the bandit as Drepaul Persaud, called ‘Deportee’, of Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara.
But court documents state that Drepaul, a 38-year-old father of four, lived at Angelet, Canal Number One, West Coast Demerara.
Drepaul and two other men were charged last July for allegedly forging a Scotia Bank manager’s cheque in order to obtain over $2.2M in plucked chicken from a couple.
Persaud was separately charged with two counts of uttering a forged document and two counts of obtaining by false pretence.
At the time, prosecutor Stephen Telford had noted that Persaud and one of the other accused, Tazim Gafoor, both have matters of a similar nature pending against them in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
Persaud was shot in the head shortly after 21:30 hrs on Friday night, during a foiled robbery at the home of Stabroek Market businessman, Ryan Boodhoo.
Boodhoo was wounded in the right leg and has been admitted to a private hospital.
The businessman was sedated and unable to speak when Kaieteur News visited the hospital yesterday.
According to a police statement, Boodhoo and his wife, Jenny, had returned to their Lot 66 Boodhoo Housing Scheme, Blankenburg home in their car when they were confronted by two men at the entrance to their residence.
One of the men, who had a firearm, discharged a round which struck Boodhoo on his right thigh.
Boodhoo, who is a licenced firearm holder, discharged several rounds in return, fatally wounding one of the men, Drepaul Persaud, called ‘Deportee’.
The man with the firearm managed to escape.
Acting on information, the police recovered a white Toyota Carina AT 192 motorcar, PJJ 1849, from the premises of a bar at Blankenburg.
The two perpetrators had reportedly parked the vehicle there earlier.
Police sources said yesterday that the slain bandit had recently bought the car.
Shortly after arriving at the scene on Friday night, Kaieteur News was told that there were three bandits in Boodhoo’s yard, but two of them had concealed themselves.
When Boodhoo arrived, he spotted a man, now identified as Drepaul Persaud, and asked the man to explain his presence there.
However, the intruder reportedly pretended to be drunk.
Boodhoo reportedly then drew a licenced firearm and was approaching the intruder when one of the bandit’s accomplices shot the businessman in the thigh.
Boodhoo returned fire, fatally wounding Persaud.
The man’s accomplices reportedly scaled the fence and fled in the direction of the seawall.
The sound of gunshots alerted Boodhoo’s neighbours who later rushed to the scene.
Some of them observed that the dead man had a car key attached to one of his fingers.
They then recalled that three strange men had parked a white car near to Bay View Restaurant and Bar. They had then bought a Malta and a Guinness at the bar and then left.
The residents and police then went to area where the car was parked. Police used the key that was found on the slain man to open the door of the vehicle.
Kaieteur News understands that the vehicle is registered to a woman who resides in Georgetown.
The vehicle has been impounded, but the other suspects are still at large.
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