The decomposing body of Claude Class, a 79-year-old pensioner was yesterday morning
found with his hands bound, and his mouth gagged in the Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara (WBD) home he occupied.
Police officers are currently investigating Claude Class’ death, since it would appear that the man had been murdered or left for dead some time ago.
The Samaroo Dam resident was living alone for more than a year following the death of his wife. He was said to be a security guard, employed with the Transport and Harbours Department.
Residents told Kaieteur News, yesterday, that Class was a quiet person who usually kept to himself. The man’s neighbour said that she returned to the country a few days ago and did not see the elderly man since. She said she had asked around for him but no one could say where he was.
The woman also mentioned residents’ reaction to a foul smell in the area, but never imagined that it could be the man’s remains. It however became evident that something was amiss, the woman said, when time elapsed and there was still no sign of the pensioner.
When Kaieteur News arrived at the scene yesterday, ranks were checking out the man’s property. Items were removed from the premises and placed in the police’s possession including what might be a possible murder weapon. Class was found in what appeared to be the living quarters of the old, rundown two story wooden structure, which stood some distance away from both neighours on the left and right of the property.
The man was said to be found lying on his side and items strewn about the room.
Police officers later removed the man’s body from the poorly lit house and proceeded to examine it in the yard. One rank told Kaieteur News that the body was so badly decomposed that it was difficult to say whether the man was beaten or strangled or stabbed. The rank said that even with his experience, he was also unable to say how long the decomposing body might have been in the house.
Residents told the publication that Class has two daughters, one of whom lives overseas and another who lives about two and a half miles away, at Crane. They could not say much about the pensioner however, since they reiterated that he was a very reserved person.
More than one resident told the publication however, that there were rumours about the man being robbed on more than one occasion. One woman said that there had been talk about youngsters entering the man’s home and taking away his pension money in the past. The woman speculated that maybe Class had collected his pension, and was later robbed.
The police’s public relations office confirmed the death of the 79-year-old man. They said Class’ body was found around 06:30 hours and his hands were tied behind his back in the ransacked house.
Kaieteur News was told that a post mortem will be conducted on the body on Wednesday.
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