Dec 23, 2011 News
A 21-year old man was arrested after he was found lying in a bed yesterday morning with the nude body of his reputed wife, whom he had allegedly murdered hours earlier.
The 20-year old woman, cane juice vendor and mother of one, Madhuri Padumdeo was discovered dead with a piece of rope tied tightly around her neck in the home she shared with her reputed husband Michael Persaud at Lot 8 North Sophia, Bel Air.
Police said that the woman’s body was found at about 11:00 hours, with a length of electrical cord wrapped around her neck.
According to the police, her reputed husband and another man have been arrested and are in police custody assisting with the investigations.
A police source said that the other man happens to be the woman’s employer who has been implicated by her reputed husband.
However he is not being treated as the prime suspect.
Kaieteur News was told that the discovery was made sometime after lunch yesterday by the woman’s mother, Cuntie Padumdeo, who told Kaieteur News that her daughter’s employer called complaining that the young mother was late for work.
She explained that her daughter worked at the Cane Juice vendor at the University of Guyana Access Road.
The woman further told Kaieteur News that upon hearing from her daughter’s employer, she left her home and went to Sophia to investigate why her daughter wasn’t at work.
Padumdeo further told this publication that after arriving at the house, the first things she noticed was that the door was open.
The woman said she walked in and saw her daughter lying naked and motionless on the bed with a wire wrapped around her neck.
Her daughter’s reputed husband was lying next to her sleeping.
Some suggested that he pretended to be asleep to give the impression that he was unaware of what had happened to his reputed wife.
An alarm was made and neighbours immediately started running over to the house. The police were called in also. According to the mother, her daughter’s relationship was far from a “fairytale”.
The woman told Kaieteur News that her daughter suffered constant beating at the hands of her reputed husband.
Kaieteur News was told by the mother, that her daughter had previous moved out from the home and was living with her because of the abuse.
According to the woman, two months ago, her daughter made a report to the police against her husband. “She mek de report after she move out because she wanted them to go with her so she could get her clothes,” the mother cried yesterday.
However, the now dead woman had returned to the home where she met her demise.
Meanwhile, the suspect’s relatives who also turned up at the scene are refuting claims that he was abusive to his wife. According to one relative, it was the other way around as Persaud endured years of torment from the woman. Kaieteur News was told that the woman allegedly had multiple “outside” relationships.
Also yesterday neighbours said that they remembered seeing the two, arguing and fighting in the street yesterday. One woman told Kaieteur News that she really “didn’t take it for nothing, since it was a every day thing”, between the couple.
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