May 21, 2011 News
By Leon Suseran
The town of New Amsterdam was plunged into deep shock yesterday afternoon when word got around that 42-year-old Verone Patois, of Lot 42 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, was allegedly murdered by her lover, Suresh Persaud, a hire car driver in the town.
Kaieteur News understands that a door-bar was used to bludgeon the woman’s head. A pool of blood was evident in the home. There was also blood splattered on the wall.
According to the woman’s sister, Mildred Persaud, the woman, who originally hails from an Amerindian settlement in Region Ten, had been living in an extremely abusive relationship for quite some time.
“He get into a relationship with she and he just take her off from we. He never used to want she to have anything to do with us,” she said.
Mildred Persaud added that her sister was not allowed to speak to her side of the family, a condition the lover perpetrated.
The woman added that Suresh usually behaved in a threatening manner towards the family and once came to the residence with a gun. She said that she asked her sister to report the matter to the police station.
The woman’s sister said that it is suspected that Suresh was angered by the fact that recently, her sister filled up a passport application form and that he may have thought that she would be leaving the country and their relationship.
Patois’s reputed husband resides in the United States.
According to Mildred Persaud, this is the second sibling of hers to be murdered. Her sister, Sellis Stanley, was murdered in Smythfield, New Amsterdam a few years ago. “Some time back the children call me and tell me he [the alleged murderer] come in here with a gun and a next guy went with him. I was crying and tell her to go down to the station and report it. He say that he didn’t come to do she nothing; it was joke he making.”
Neighbours told Kaieteur News that they heard loud cries and screaming earlier in the day from the home. The murder took place some time around midday.
Detectives, including Crime Chief, Asst. Supt. Ramsey, arrived on the scene with investigators. The body, wrapped in a bloody sheet, was later removed by a funeral parlour.
Her sister, Rozina Patois, said that she received a telephone call shortly after midday on Friday, telling her that her sister had been brutally killed.
A door bar was apparently used to bludgeon the woman in the head. She said that she had warned her sister umpteen times to leave Persaud and to stay with her on the East Bank of Berbice.
The woman leaves to mourn three daughters; 12-year- old Oshanna, Tinisha and Kathy, as well as seven other siblings.
Oshanna said that upon returning home from school, she opened the door and saw her mother lying in a pool of blood. In tears, she said that her mother gave her a hug on Friday morning shortly before she left for St Aloysius Primary School.
Police Commander of ‘B’ Division, Stephen Merai, told Kaieteur News that a man has been taken into custody.
He referred to the individual in custody as “a person of interest” since it was discovered that the man usually “goes to the house”.
He added that it seemed to have been a crime of passion since the woman’s cell phones were found in the house next to her body.
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