Dec 24, 2013 News
– ex-reputed husband in police custody
A 37-year-old woman was fatally stabbed yesterday morning in her 2400 Block 8 Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo home, an act that was reportedly carried out by her estranged reputed husband Iqball Mohamed.
The woman’s body bore in excess of 20 stab wounds.
Reports are that the woman, Sookdai Basdeo, also known as Lalita, had a relationship with her alleged attacker, 43-year- old Iqball Mohamed, also known as ‘Ako’ for close to two decades. The union produced four children, the eldest being 17 and the youngest, 9.
The couple’s eldest daughter, Darshanie Iqball, who resides at another location in Tuschen, said that she got a call yesterday morning from a sister who informed her that their father had killed their mother. She said that her father had also told police that he had committed the dastardly act.
According to Dharshanie she understands that her father was contemplating the act for some time now because he was aware that his wife had been unfaithful to him on numerous occasions and had left their children in the care of their maternal grandmother, Hannah.
“What meh could tell yuh…She really bad,” said Hannah when invited to comment on her daughter’s death. “If de man nah bin tek care ah she and treat she bad and mek she punish, meh woulda understand she lef he, but the man (was) good to she,” the woman who resides at Philadelphia, East Bank Essequibo said.
Iqball this publication understands is a fisherman who is required to be away from home weeks at a time.
According to a male family member he is aware that the couple had problems. It was last year that Lalita decided to officially end her relationship with Mohamed. Reports are that about three weeks ago the now
dead woman decided to move into the 2400 Tuschen residence with her boyfriend of just over a year, Salim Hamid.
According to Hamid, he and Lalita had previously lived together at a residence at Zeelugt, West Coast Demerara. The distraught man said yesterday that the woman had a turbulent relationship with her estranged reputed husband, relating that she had even been forced to secure a restraining order against the man.
According to Hamid’s parents, Thomas and Fareeda Daniels, the attack yesterday had to have been carried out between the hours of 06:00 hours and 07:00 hours. They said that their son, a taxi driver, would usually come to their house at 2428 Tuschen to have breakfast and get his car cleaned before returning home to take Lalita to the Guy America Super Centre at Zeeburg, West Coast Demerara, where she worked.
Hamid said that when he returned home and called for Lalita there was no response. He recalled when he left, she was washing and only had to bathe in preparation for work.
And since there was no response, Hamid said that he decided to go into the house to inquire about Lalita’s whereabouts. He said that he found her bleeding in the bathroom but was unable to move her alone.
Hamid said that he immediately rushed back to his parents’ house, a short distance away, to inform them about what transpired. “All I hear was y’all come, come quick watch somebody stab-up Lalita….” recalled Thomas Daniels.
He recounted that by the time they reached the house the woman had lost
a great deal of blood and appeared dead soon after. “We try to move she but it de hard cause she skin de soapy because she de bathing and she had like two big stabs to she belly and a bust (gaping wound) to she neck…” said Thomas Daniels, who added, “When I watch at she I say she dead…I see something like guts coming out she belly.”
According to Fareeda Daniels, a young man had disclosed that Iqball Mohamed was intent on killing both his reputed ex-wife as well as Hamid. “Me son get spared because he nah been home at the time.”
When this publication arrived on the scene, police officers were already there and porters of the Ezekiel Funeral Home were preparing to remove Lalita’s body.
In the bathroom, situated in a back room of the house, there was a pool of blood. A trail of blood stopped in the hallway of the house where Lalita reportedly breathe her last.
Police in a statement said that the murder of Sookdai Basdeo, whose body was found around 07:45 hours, is being investigated.
According to the Police statement too, the suspect has been arrested and is in custody assisting with the investigations. Hamid and Hannah (the dead woman’s
boyfriend and mother) were also invited to the station to give statements yesterday morning.
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