– shocked by graphic camera footage
Close relatives of murdered 77-year-old Carmen Ganesh are almost convinced that her killer was contracted to take her life.
Judging from the killer’s calm actions which were captured for more than an hour on surveillance cameras in and around the Montrose, East Coast Demerara house, family members believe that the man was not there just to rob the elderly woman, but was calculating enough to ensure that she suffered severely before he finally ensured she was dead.
The footage showed Ganesh’s killer painstakingly going through the interior of the house, while intermittently stopping to kick or batter the already wounded woman with a piece of iron.
He was also seen talking to her as if he was demanding something specific.
Camera footage showed the woman’s killer combing through a set of documents on a table in the bottom flat of the house. However he appeared to have left without taking anything substantial.
Family members are surprised that the killer, who had ample time to pack away loot, left behind items of significant value which were bound to attract the ordinary break and enter criminal.
“First, he was in the car that had an expensive tape deck, but he left that. In the house they had flat screen TV and laptop, he left that too,” a relative observed.
However they could not say for sure who would want the elderly woman dead.
They had indicated to the police that a judge had ruled in favour of Ganesh in a land dispute she had with a Montrose businessman. That businessman was detained and subsequently released late yesterday afternoon.
The family is hopeful that the police will capture the killer as soon as possible so that they can ascertain what he really wanted.
“Every time my mother move, he kick she or lash she in she head. We see he mouth wukkin, like he telling she something. Sorry de camera could not pick up sound. If we could’a get de voice,” one of the woman’s daughters told this newspaper.
At one point, the intruder appeared to look up into the camera and smile, an apparent sign that he was not too worried about his image being captured.
“Normally every day that woman does pray, so God like he blind he eye, because if he (killer) look up and see all corner of the house got camera…a big thief man would’a watch fuh dem thing,” another family member said.
He was also not worried about leaving a trace of his presence in the house, since he repeatedly wiped his face and hands with one of the woman’s towels.
Kaieteur News was informed that detectives have taken possession of the towel for DNA testing in the event they capture the killer.
Most of the dead woman’s family said that they could not look at the shocking camera footage of her death.
“I only look at a part when the police ah rewind…I peep and run out, I couldn’t look at it. When I go fuh see she in de kitchen, peep with one eye and run out,” the daughter stated.
Even some police ranks who viewed the footage were upset with what they saw, even venturing to say that killing appeared to be nothing new for the killer, given the calmness with which he operated.
“If he de tie up she eye, tie up she hand and lef she or give she a lash. But not dat. Me never see nobody dead like dat so. If he de shoot she, you know dat was a quick dead, but over an hour he deh pon she and mek sure she dead,” she added.
It would appear from the footage that the killer stood on Ganesh’s neck to ensure that she was actually dead before he left the house.
“A thief man would go fuh thief or kill. Dem nah go wait fuh see you dead. Dem would’a know she half dead and leave, but he mek sure me mother died,” the woman’s daughter said.
“He nah gat mother? He nah gat sister? He like he nah born. He beat a 77-year-old woman to death.”
Perhaps the most hurtful thing for the family members is that their house is situated a few metres from where their mother was living and yet they could have done nothing to save her. No one heard any screams from the woman before she breathed her last breath.
While investigators are examining several theories, they are focusing a lot of attention on the fact that Ganesh’s killing was done by the ordinary break and enter perpetrator.
Although the media has published relatively clear images of the killer, with the hope of assisting the police in their investigations, the dead woman’s family is seriously contemplating putting up a monetary reward for anyone who could provide information that would lead to the capture of the suspect.
(See edited video of suspect of Montrose granny murder below)
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