The partly decomposing body of a popular East Canje businessman was found in his house
around 08:00 hrs on Wednesday morning with suspected stab wounds to the chest and lower abdomen. .
Dead is Terrence Malcolm Mc Lean called “Scatchy”62, of Lot 6 Sheet Anchor, East Canje, Berbice.
From the condition of the body ,investigators suspect that the man was killed sometime between Monday and Tuesday.
Mc Lean, who lived alone, imported fiber glass boats and engines from overseas for sale. He also repaired boats and engines. He was once a gold smith and operated a stall in the New Amsterdam Market before migrating overseas. He recently re-migrated and started the boat business. His wife and five children still reside overseas.
Mc Lean was last seen on Monday around 20:10 hrs cycling home. His son Fredrick Mc Lean called ‘Bumby’, who lives a stone’s throw away from where his father lived, told the media that he last saw his father on Monday morning when he visited his home.
He said he tried to contact him by phone on Tuesday, but was unsuccessful. He added that he did not think anything was amiss since his father had informed him that he had plans of clearing a container that day. However, after his father repeatedly did not answer the phone, he decided to check on him on Wednesday morning.
He said on visiting his father’s home he noticed the placed locked. He called and pressed the door bell, but got no response.
He subsequently climbed on one of the boats in the yard and peeked through a window and saw his father’s cellular phone on the table. There were also some papers scattered about. He became suspicious, he said, because his father never left his phone at home .He eventually forced his way into the house.
A foul smell greeted him and a few moments later he was horrified to find his father’s bloated body lying on the floor face upwards. There were what appear to be blood stains about the body and several stab wounds to the chest and lower abdomen. At the time of the discovery Mc Lean was clad in a short pants and shirt.
The police were summoned and responded promptly. There was no evidence of forced entry. The dead man’s .32 firearm along with six live rounds were found intact in his bedroom, by the head of his bed. His money was also found intact. It is believed that McLean had let someone in his home to do business and a misunderstanding developed and he was killed.
Residents told this newspaper that they suspect that the man was killed sometime on Tuesday. They stated that they saw a car parked at the dead man’s home on Tuesday as though he had visitors. Neighbours also stated that sometime later they heard groaning and shouting, but did not pay much mind.
Investigations are continuing and no one has been arrested so far.
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