On Monday police were summoned to the home of Kelly Sandiford, a 35-year- old nurse of Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden. The woman was attached to the One Mile Health Center as a dental nurse.
Today that woman is facing a murder charge. Sandiford who had her god daughter spending the night with her, discovered Todah Richards’s body motionless on her bed around 2 am. The 20-year-old Richards had a belt hooked to her neck and tied to the head of the bed on which she was lying.
Sandiford told investigators that she cut the belt after seeing her goddaughter Richards motionless and that Richards was a mental patient for the past five years.
Yesterday, Inspector Singh of Mackenzie Police Station received positive information and recalled those persons from whom statements were taken during questioning. Ranks were then sent to arrest Nurse Sandiford. The woman was taking her own time to report to the station so as soon as she exited the church building she was taken into custody.
During questioning, the woman who said that she was the godmother of the dead Todah Richards confessed to being responsible for Richards’s death. She remains in custody.
Police had taken Richards’s body to the Mackenzie Hospital, last week. There the doctor on duty pronounced her dead. On Friday a post mortem was conducted by Dr. Bridgemohan at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Reliable sources revealed that Richards’ body bore several marks of violence while the cause of death was compression of injuries to the neck.
The dead woman’s father, John Richards, of Amelia’s Ward, Linden, is a pastor of The Holy Ghost Movement Church. Nurse Sandiford is a staunch member of the said church.
Neighbors told this publication that the Holy Ghost Movement Church beats demons out of members who show up for help.
In the end it took police ranks of Mackenzie Police Station just over a week to solve the mysterious death of the 20-year-old.
Neighbours told this newspaper that loud noises were heard coming from Ms. Sandiford’s home. Then all was quiet. It wasnt until they saw police at the house that the neighbours knew that something had happened.
John Richards later told investigators that his daughter was mentally ill for the past five years and would often say that her late mother is coming for her. Persons in the community informed this publication that the church is one where after praying they beat the demon out of their believers. Pastor Richards was claiming that his daughter took her own life by suicide.
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