– occupant of house in custody
The battered body of a suspected thief was discovered early yesterday morning in an East Ruimveldt yard near Mandela Avenue, and police have detained an occupant of the property for questioning.
Police sources said that the resident has admitted to beating the still unidentified man with a piece of wood after catching him attempting to break into the house.
Police recovered the alleged ‘murder weapon’ as well as a crowbar from the scene.
A police release said that the man, who is of African ancestry, was found about 01:30h in a yard at Mandela Avenue, with injuries about the body. He was taken to the GPHC where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Kaieteur News understands that the property where the dead man was found has been unoccupied for some time. According to a source, the man in custody told police that persons had broken into the house on several occasions.
He reportedly told investigators that he was in the house when he heard a noise in the yard. He then went outside and spotted the suspected thief in the yard.
The resident reportedly then dealt the intruder several blows about the body. He reportedly called the police after the thief had collapsed. Police reportedly found what appeared to be signs of forced entry.
When Kaieteur News visited the area yesterday residents said that they were unaware of the incident.
Police said that the deceased appears to be in the mid-thirties, is slim in build and brown in complexion. He was barefooted, but was wearing a red jersey and a pair of three-quarter camouflage pants.
The body is at the Lyken Funeral Parlour.
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