For years, Nandalall Persaud called Sailor toiled on his fishing boat without much success. But over the last two weeks, he and his crew struck it big and they were all preparing to enjoy the festive season with their families.
But just one day before Christmas Eve, two bandits put paid to those plans when they relieved Persaud of the $1.4M he had made on his last fishing trip.
The incident occurred around 11:45 hours at Persaud’s residence at Lot Two, Yarrow Dam, Ruimveldt, in the presence of his wife, children and two of his employees.
Speaking with this newspaper yesterday afternoon, Persaud said that he was sitting in his yard parceling out the cash for his workers when the bandits struck.
According to the boat captain, from all appearances the bandits, one of whom was carrying a gun, were aware that he had the money. The men pretended to be a friend of one of his workers to gain entry to his yard.
“I say is de wuk man friend but when dey come into de yard dey say dey gat something fuh me,” Persaud said, adding that he was still a bit suspicious.
One of the men had a paper bag in his hand, and what they had for him was in fact a gun, which was pointed to the fisherman’s head by one of the bandits.
“Dey come in de yard and one seh ‘ah bring de thing hey fuh yuh man.’ and he just going in de paper bag. When I see he pull out, was a gun he pull out,” recalled Persaud’s wife, Taramattie Mohabir.
“Dey put de gun to me hey suh (pointing to his neck). Wha I could do? Dey say don’t holler,” Persaud told Kaieteur News.
His wife, upon seeing what was happening to her husband, became shaky and ran away, shouting “thief, thief”. But no one came to her rescue. The men, who were not wearing masks, grabbed all the cash and bolted from the yard.
Although the incident occurred a mere 200 metres from the Ruimveldt Police Station, ranks there were unaware of what was taking place until the matter was reported a few minutes later. By then the bandits had disappeared.
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