Police are likely to charge the son of Jerome Franklyn, the man who hacked three persons to death early last Friday morning, after learning that he assisted his father to commit the heinous crime.
Kaieteur News understands that the police learnt from other relatives that Franklyn’s son held on to one of the victims, Floyd Drakes, who tried to flee the mayhem, allowing his father “to finish him off.”
Last Sunday, a caller claiming to be Franklyn had expressed anger that the police detained his son as an accomplice in the three murders.
This newspaper understands that initially the young man had denied being involved in the murders, but when confronted by a young family member, he had no other choice but to admit that he did aid his father.
According to a police source, investigators learnt that after Drakes was chopped, he tried to run to safety but was held by Franklyn’s son until the killer caught up with him.
Franklyn inflicted several more chops to Drakes’ body until he was certain that Drakes was dead.
Drakes sustained 25 chops.
Meanwhile police intensified the hunt for Franklin after a man claiming to be the alleged killer contacted Kaieteur News to disclose events that led to the slaughter of his mother-in-law, his nine-year-old stepdaughter, his rival, and the maiming of his spouse.
The caller also made it clear that, for him, the killing would not stop until he had “dealt with” his wounded reputed wife and lone survivor, Geeta Boodhoo, and her sister.
“I don’t intend to surrender. I want my wife’s sister; she is the key to my problems,” the caller said. Indicating that he also planned to kill his wife, “if they don’t ketch me first,” the caller said: “Me waiting for she to come out (of hospital).”
In the approximately 20-minute conversation, ‘Franklin’ confessed to slaughtering his reputed wife’s mother, Bibi Zalima Khan and his spouse’s alleged lover, Floyd Drakes.
Expressing not a shred of remorse, he also admitted to chopping his reputed wife and lone survivor, Geeta Boodhoo.
But he vehemently denied killing his nine-year-old stepdaughter, Ashley Boodhoo. He claimed that it was his mother-in-law, Bibi Khan, who accidentally hacked the child to death while attempting to chop him.
During the conversation, the man claiming to be Jerome Franklin portrayed himself as a hard-working cane-cutter who provided for his family, while his spouse frittered away his earnings. He also indicated that he eventually snapped last Thursday over his reputed wife’s blatant infidelity.
He alleged that his spouse and another female relative would habitually bring women and men into the house, while his mother-in-law “played music.”
He said that things escalated last September when the court granted his wife a restraining order after she claimed that he had threatened her life. This meant that he could not enter the family’s Tuschen home.
‘Franklin’ alleged that on Thursday night, a taxi driver, who is his close friend, tipped him off that he had dropped Franklin’s spouse and a man into Tuschen Housing Scheme. The taxi driver, ‘Franklin’ claimed, indicated that he suspected that the two were heading for the house that Franklin and his estranged wife had once shared.
‘Franklin’ said that he immediately contacted his mother-in-law, Bibi Khan, by phone.
“I call and the mother answer, and I tell she to tell she daughter to get that man out of the house because I got my children inside, and the mother-in-law suck she teeth and hang up,” the caller claimed.
“I go to the home and my mother-in-law, my wife and the man inside drinking and smoking weed and playing music. I rip down the window and go in the house, and I deal with the wife.”
He claimed that Bibi Khan, his mother-in law, picked up a cutlass and tried to chop him, but accidentally chopped and killed nine-year-old Ashley Boodhoo.
“I mind that child from one year, and when I see that, I deal with (killed) the mother-in law.”
“I want the public to know that I didn’t kill that child.”
He said that he then turned on his rival, Floyd Drakes, who began to plead for his life.
“The man say ‘soldier man, I ain’t know what going on,’ and I say, ‘this is my house. A man and woman got an affair; don’t take it into the house.’ The caller said that he then killed Drakes.
However, although badly chopped, his spouse, 30-year-old Geeta Boodhoo, managed to flee to a neighbour’s house.
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