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Sep 02, 2013 News
– reputed husband urges swift capture
Detectives yesterday continued to question Sergeant Collin Bailey as they seek to solve the bizarre murder of his reputed wife, Sirmattie Ramnaress, who was found dead in her Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara home last Saturday.
Kaieteur News understands that Sergeant Bailey was questioned for several hours at the Ruimveldt Police Station on Saturday and again yesterday.
Sergeant Bailey confirmed to Kaieteur News that he was questioned “as part of normal police procedure.”
“I’m cooperating with the investigation; I want to ensure that this crime is solved. Despite the understanding that the husband should be the prime suspect, my conscience is clear, my whereabouts are known.
“I don’t intend for my wife’s death to go just like that.”
Sources say that investigators are not at all convinced that the 46-year-old businesswoman was the victim of a robbery.
According to a source, some detectives believe that the crime scene was staged, down to the ransacking of the home, the dousing of the property with fuel, and the placing of three bottles of beverages on a table to imply that three intruders had entered the house.
The fact that the surveillance tapes from the victim’s house were missing has also led some to suggest that someone who was familiar with the premises is the perpetrator.
Yesterday, one of the businesswoman’s close relatives dismissed any suggestions that robbers killed Ms. Ramnaress.
Nadira Budhoo, an overseas-based sister of the slain woman, told Kaieteur News that she knows the identity of her sibling’s killer and has provided an attorney with information about the matter.
“We know who it (the killer) is. They will catch the perpetrator if they work with the evidence.”
Ms. Budhoo alleged that her sister had expressed fear for her safety, but declined to go into details.
Kaieteur News was told that detectives have lifted fingerprints from a length of wood that the killers may have used to hit Ms. Ramnaress. Fingerprints were also lifted from the three beverage bottles that were retrieved from a table.
Detectives also plan to examine the footage from CCTV cameras along the East bank and East Coast Demerara in the hope of identifying the individuals who made off with the murdered woman’s car, which was found at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara.
Sirmattie Ramnaress, also known as ‘Pavita’, of 21st Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, was found lying face down in her garage around 08:30 hours on Saturday, by a handyman who went to her residence.
Singh’s body bore two stab wounds to the neck and hip and she also had a head injury.
Bloodstains on the floor seemed to indicate that she was attacked in her living room and was then dragged by her feet to the garage.
A stacked storage bond at the back of the property was torched, while the house was doused with diesel fuel but not set alight.
Investigators seem to believe that Ms. Ramnaress was murdered during the early hours of Saturday.
A close friend of the dead woman disclosed that she had dropped her home at about 09:00 hrs on Friday. Some neighbours spoke of seeing Ms. Ramneress sweeping her yard early Saturday, but no one recalled hearing unusual noises.
A young man who does odd jobs for Ms. Ramnaress told Kaieteur News that he went to the businesswoman’s home at around 08:00 hrs on Saturday. He said that the gate was locked and no one responded when he pressed the buzzer.
The lad said he returned about an hour later, and this time he found the gate unlocked. He then entered the yard and raised an alarm after seeing the businesswoman lying motionless in her garage. Residents then went to the scene and it was then that they observed that the bond was on fire.
Residents who spoke to Kaieteur News said that an alarm would usually go off during the early hours of the day whenever someone stepped on the businesswoman’s bridge. None of them recalled hearing the alarm on Saturday.
VISITED REPUTED WIFE’S HOME ON MONDAY
Sergeant Bailey told Kaieteur News that he last saw his reputed wife alive on Monday night at her home. Bailey said that he stayed overnight at the premises. The policeman, who is stationed at the Vigilance Police Station, said that he left on Tuesday morning and went to work. He said that on Wednesday, he attended a seminar. According to Sergeant Bailey, who resides at Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara, he left a key at the premises for Ms. Ramnaress to pick up.
Sergeant Bailey said that he and his reputed wife had access to both homes at any time. According to him, he spoke to his spouse on Thursday night. He said that she did not appear to be worried.
Bailey said that he was at the airport at around 10:00 hrs on Saturday when he received the news of Ms. Ramnaress’ death. He then reported to a senior officer and was relieved of his duties. He then went to his reputed wife’s home, where he saw her body.
He recalled that the house was soaked with diesel fuel which someone had taken from the bond behind the house.
According to Bailey, detectives found signs of possible forced entry at grillwork located behind the house.
He said that jewellery was missing and the perpetrators may also have made off with cash. In addition, he said that Ms. Ramnaress also wore a plain gold ring and a chain, which were also missing.
The sergeant described his spouse as “an early riser” and suggested that she might have switched off the security alarm shortly after getting up.
Bailey said that he is trying to provide all information that could lead to the arrest of his wife’s killers, and suggested that the media could also be of assistance.
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well plan murder that’s all…. but no murder will go unsolved if we have competent investigators. may her soul RIP
I hope they find the people responsible for this shameless act. She was a wonderful person we will miss her so much, Savo we love u n will always remember u.
well i have to say the same thing that was a well plan murder,nothing go unpaid,God is in charge,may her soul RIp
Very very tragic but it was well orchestrated. Hope justice is done very soon. I agree as long as there are efficient and competent investigators the murders will be solved. I view the crime channels on a daily basis and I admire the methods and thoroughness and the extent to which detectives go in order to catch killers .
It is about time the same is done in Guyana. Too many unsolved cases..
Danita darling that will not happen in Guyana because the police are criminals, they are not educated enough to fight the crimes that are facing Guyana now. I know for sure if Burnham was alive and still ruling the things that are happening there would and could not have happened.
“He recalled that the house was soaked with diesel fuel which someone had taken from the bond behind the house”.
Is how Mr. Bailey know the fuel came from the bond?