-spouse’s body was found in dumpster
Suggestions are emerging that West Coast Berbice pastor Motielall Persaud was a victim of a vendetta-style killing, with sources confirming yesterday that he was jailed over two decades ago for murdering his first wife in the United States.
Kaieteur News has learned that Persaud, a businessman at the time, had strangled his wife, known as ‘Tina’, in Manhattan, around 1986. He had then placed her body in a dumpster. Kaieteur News understands that the slain woman was from Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara.
Persaud was jailed for 15 years, and was deported about ten years ago.
He has two daughters in the United States.
A close relative declined to comment on the revelations when contacted by Kaieteur News yesterday.
Persaud’s present wife, Gita Persaud, who flew in from overseas yesterday, said she learned about her husband’s death around 06:00 hrs on Sunday.
She told Kaieteur News that the killers only made off with his cell phone. As far as she was aware, her spouse had no enemies, she said.
“He is such a loving person; he got along with everybody. He brought so much happiness into our lives.”
The couple had been married for eight years.
The 51-year-old pastor, known as ‘Brother Martin’ and ‘Pastor Martin,’ was stabbed to death around 22:00 hrs on Saturday in his brother-in-law’s yard at Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice.
He was reportedly slain by two masked men in dark clothing, who were armed with a cutlass and knife.
Persaud had just closed an internet café he owned and operated at Lot 22 Armadale,WCB, when he was brutally killed.
It was raining heavily in the area at the time and from all appearances, the attack was well planned.
Persaud usually left home for the internet café at 05:30hrs and returned home around 22:00hrs. According to reports, the pastor had just opened one of the locks on his door when he was pounced upon by the men, who had secreted themselves in his yard at Lot 36 Railway Dam, Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice.
Persaud’s brother-in-law, Roopchand, who lives next-door, said that he heard the commotion and saw the attackers wrestling with the pastor.
“We hear a noise and when we peep out around 10:15, we thought it was the children in the room…we see three guys wrestling and them choke one of them (Persaud).”
He said that the pastor shouted out that he was being robbed, and it was around then that he received the first wound.
The wounded man fled into his brother-in-law’s yard, where the men caught up with him.
Kaieteur News was told that the pastor put up a fierce fight but was eventually overwhelmed.
Roopchand said that he alerted the neighbours who then called the police.
Persaud was discovered lying on the ground in Roopchand’s backyard, bleeding profusely from wounds about his body.
He was barely alive when Roopchand asked him for his phone, but he managed to say that the men had taken it.
The keys to the house were found in the yard and bloodstains were still evident in the grass when this newspaper visited the scene Sunday.
The police from Fort Wellington arrived nearly an hour after the incident and conducted a search of the dead pastor’s house but found that it was not ransacked and from all appearances the men had not entered.
The body was taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital Mortuary.
Persaud was the sole occupant of the home at the time since his wife, Geeta and six-month-old son, MJ, left last Wednesday for vacation in Trinidad.
They returned to Guyana around 13:00 hours on Sunday after learning about the incident.
The now dead Persaud also had an adopted daughter whom he took into his home after the girl’s parents died.
He was described as a man who had no enemies in the community.
He was elected last Sunday by his fellow worshippers at the Bush Lot Assemblies of God Church to be the Assistant Pastor.
Shivram described Persaud “as a very important person in the church” who would have taken over as Pastor of the church after their appointed pastor would have migrated to join his family overseas.
However, Shivram told Kaieteur News that some people had opposed the idea of Persaud being elected as Pastor.
A post mortem is to be done today.
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