Jun 16, 2011 News Comments Off on Relatives of murdered N/A woman furious at slothful pace of investigations
Nearly a month after her murder, close relatives of the late Verone Patoir are not pleased with the manner in which investigations are proceeding. Patoir was murdered at her Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, residence.
One furious family member said that they have been visiting the Central Police Station back and forth all last week but have learnt nothing substantial about the ongoing investigations.
“The police said they not getting no good proof about anything”, the relative said.
Patoir, 42, of Lot 42 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, was brutally murdered in her home on Friday, May 20, last.
She was found lying in a pool of blood by her 12-year-old daughter, Oshanna Hughes. A rolling pin and door bar were recovered from the bloody scene by investigators. Apparently, the objects were used to beat the woman in her head and face.
A hire car driver in the town was arrested but released on “substantial” station bail a few days after the gruesome murder.
Crime Chief of ‘B’ Division, Courtney Ramsey, had told Kaieteur News that while investigations continue, advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions was being awaited.
The family member of Patoir does not seem pleased at the release of the initial suspect.
“He was the person who used to be in an out [of the home]”, the person said. “He denying that he doesn’t know her [Patoir] and he never go in the house, and [we know] he is the person”, the relative told Kaieteur News.
“I don’t know in this country it ain’t get justice. We’re not satisfied because look how much murder happen [in Guyana] and they find out who did it and this is 3 weeks now and we ain’t get no justice.
This can’t work!”
Patoir was said to have been in an extremely abusive relationship with a man whom she was friends with. Rozina told Kaieteur News that she had tried to coerce her sister to get out of the abusive relationship but that advice was not heeded.
The car driver, who was arrested shortly after the discovery of Patoir’s body, regularly shuttled the children to and from school every day.
It is widely believed by the woman’s family that Patoir was murdered out of rage because it was discovered by her lover that she was making plans to acquire passports for herself and the children.
Her reputed husband, who lives overseas, was said to be making plans to have her and the children migrate overseas.
The relative then said that they tried hard to tell Verone to get out of the relationship and she [Verone] agreed but was going to end it slowly, and in stages, for fear of retaliation by the man.
“I tried to talk her out of it. She said that she can’t stop with he just like that; she gotta stop with he easy.”
The relative feels that something is amiss with regards to the investigations and feels that bribery may speed up the investigations.
“This police in New Amsterdam, they want money— that is what I seeing. If you bribe them, then they can do something about it.
They [the police] claiming the house wasn’t well secured. The house had a door bar; they moved with the belna (rolling pin).”
The individual also questioned whether the cops found any fingerprints on the instruments and whether they plan to use them as evidence.
“The people ‘duck’ [hide] a lot of information. That is why nothing can’t come out of it,” the person said.
Ramsey, when contacted for an update into the case, said that he has been banned from speaking to the media.
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