Suspected hired hit man Oswald Yaw allegedly collected a miserly $10,000 from his female client minutes after beating block-maker Nathan Persaud to death with a hammer.
This is according to police sources, who said that the 22-year-old also told investigators that the woman also paid him $30,000, and $35,000, as an advance payment from the $1.7M she had promised him.
Police said that Yaw had also told them that the woman had promised to pay him in weekly ‘installments’ of $100,000, after she sold a pool table.
The new revelations came even as one of Yaw’s sisters portrayed him as a hard-working individual who was being wrongly accused.
The East Ruimveldt resident was arrested last Thursday in the city and is to appear in court tomorrow. “He and the woman (who allegedly hired him) are to be charged jointly with murder. She was the brain and he was the hand,” a source said.
But a sister of the suspect said that she is convinced that Yaw is innocent. The woman said that Yaw is gainfully employed as a painter and even has his own business.
She said that during a brief conversation after his arrest, Yaw admitted that he was hired to kill Persaud, but claimed that he did not carry out the deed. While police said that Yaw wanted to use some of his money to visit his girlfriend, who is overseas, the sister said that her brother’s girlfriend lives in Guyana and is pregnant.
He said that the family is stunned by his arrest, since he has no criminal record.
“My brother is not a violent person. He could never be a killer. We grew up in a good home. We go to church; we know about throwing offerings.”
Yaw’s sister told Kaieteur News that he said that a woman had asked him to kill Persaud, since Persaud was trying to hire someone to kill her. She claimed that Yaw said that he collected some money from the woman. However, her brother said that after going to Persaud’s home, he realised that he knew the block-maker, and told Persaud on the plot on his life.
According to her, Yaw said he visited the block maker’s home twice, but did not harm him.
According to the sister, her sibling was never in hiding; he was picked up by police at a bus park.
Police have said that they arrested Yaw last Tuesday after having him under surveillance for some time. They claimed that the alleged hit-man gave them details about the plot and Persaud’s demise.
The youth reportedly told detectives that on the day the deed was to be carried out, he travelled with his client by bus from Diamond, East Bank Demerara to Herstelling. According to the killer, the woman attempted to direct him to Nathan Persaud’s house, then instructed him to meet her in Georgetown. Yaw said that while she headed to the city in the bus, he headed to Persaud’s residence, at Lot 66 Herstelling New Housing Scheme.
When he eventually located Persaud’s house, the block-maker was in his yard. He reportedly managed to lure Persaud inside the house by asking to use the victim’s washroom.
Police said that on entering the house, the hit man struck Persaud in the head with a clay brick and stabbed him behind the head.
But when the wounded Persaud put up a fierce fight for his life, the killer reportedly “lashed him continuously on the head with a hammer until he was convinced that Persaud was dead.”
The killer then left.
Residents recalled hearing Persaud screaming in his two-bedroom apartment. Some claimed that they attempted to contact ranks at the Providence Police Station but no one answered the phone.
Some neighbours said they later observed a “strange” man walking calmly out of the block maker’s yard while waving at a neighbour with a smile.
According to reports, Yaw then caught a bus and headed to Georgetown to meet his client and collect his $10,000.
Persaud’s estranged wife, Beverly Persaud, has already been charged in connection with his murder, which was allegedly motivated by a property dispute.
She is to return to court on October 13.
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