The fear of being shot by police and concern for his detained son reportedly led Tuschen murder suspect Jerome Franklyn to turn himself in to police on Friday.
Police sources told Kaieteur News that some of Franklyn’s relatives took him to a police rank at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo.
However, a police release stated that Franklyn was arrested in the Tuschen Backdam and that he is to be charged shortly.
Kaieteur News understands that the suspect confessed to killing his reputed wife’s mother, Bibi Zalima Khan and his spouse’s alleged lover, Floyd Drakes. According to a source, he eventually also admitted to killing his nine-year-old stepdaughter, Ashley Boodhoo.
A man claiming to be Franklin had telephoned Kaieteur News and had alleged that it was his mother-in-law, Bibi Khan, who accidentally hacked the child to death while attempting to chop him.
Franklyn’s son, who police have detained, is also likely to be charged with murder.
Police reportedly 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.”
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.
Two Sundays ago, a caller claiming to be Franklyn had expressed anger that the police detained his son as an accomplice in the three murders.
The caller also vowed not to surrender until he had “dealt with” his wounded reputed wife and lone survivor, Geeta Boodhoo, and her sister.
‘Franklin’ alleged that a taxi driver had tipped him off that he had dropped Franklin’s spouse and a man into Tuschen Housing Scheme.
‘Franklin’ said that he forced his way into the home and murdered his mother-in law, Bibi Khan and Drakes and maimed his reputed wife, who managed to escape.
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