Police were last night questioning a taxi driver in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Pradika Persaud, who was strangled and dumped on a roadway at Boerasirie, East Bank, Essequibo on Friday night.
Kaieteur News understands that the driver, who is from Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, was taken into custody yesterday afternoon after police were informed that he was seen with Persaud some hours before she was slain.
The development came hours after a postmortem confirmed that Persaud, also called ‘Simonne’, died from manual strangulation. Kaieteur News understands that samples were taken from the victim for possible DNA testing, since it is suspected that she was sexually assaulted.
In an attempt to find her killer, police have been checking several drinking spots and other areas that Persaud, an alcoholic and drug user, is said to have frequented.
Persaud, of Lot 532 Zeelugt, was found dead at the side of a roadway at Boerasirie on Friday night. There were visible injuries to the neck, and investigators also observed tyre tracks near the corpse. The victim was barefoot and was wearing a pair of short blue pants and black armless top when she was found.
Investigators believe that Persaud was slain elsewhere. “We are getting information that someone in a car dumped the body,” a source said.
Persaud was said to have been an alcoholic and drug addict, and relatives said that she would wander about at nights. She reportedly has one child who is in the care of welfare officials.
Her brother, Hamid Khan, said that he hardly saw his sister, who was reportedly in a common law relationship. However, Kaieteur News understands that a relative last saw her alive at around 15.30 hrs on Friday.
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