A 74-year-old mother of 11 and her 54-year-old daughter are now dead, after a male family member allegedly threw a lighted stove on them, Tuesday night. There was reportedly a heated argument over food just before the fatal incident.
Dead are Ormowatie Chammawattie, a/k” Bahooo”, and Caustury Chammawattie-Persaud, a/k” Reshmie” both of Lot 75 Huis’t Diren Public Road, on the Essequibo Coast.
The suspect, Sarwan Darshan, has been detained by the police at the Suddie Station. Charges are likely to be instituted in the coming week.
According to information, shortly after 20:00 hours on Tuesday, Persaud and her mother were eating on a bed. Devika Persaud, Caustry Chammawattie-Persaud’s daughter, was at home at the time. She witnessed the frightening ordeal.
She said that she and her husband, Sarwan Darshan, were involved in a heated argument at their Huis’t Diren home. The younger Persaud related that the man came home intoxicated and demanded food. Persaud said she got up and lit the stove before putting on some oil to heat in a frying pan.
The woman, who escaped unhurt, said that her husband during the argument mentioned that he was going to leave her. The young woman said that her mother, Caustury Chammawattie-Persaud, told Darshan that she was going to take her daughter somewhere else to live.
“He said that he didn’t want me, so my mother said she was going to take me to live somewhere else.”
Persaud said that before she knew it her husband removed the lighted stove and threw it on her mother. The daughter said that she ran outside but her mother and grandmother were engulfed in flames.
She said she later alerted family members who came over and assisted in dousing the blaze and transporting the two badly burnt women to the Suddie Public Hospital. Persaud said that her mother died hours later.
Her grandmother, who was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, died Wednesday night. (Yannason Duncan)
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