Dec 25, 2015 News
…as suspect contacts Aunt
The battered body of money-changer Mohamed Fizal Mahmood Baksh was found at around 07:00hrs yesterday in a bushy section of the No. 63 Village, Corentyne, foreshore, three days after he was reported missing.
The victim was fully clothed, and the back of his skull had been fractured in two places. There was also a wound on one of his legs. Police found his wristwatch and phone at the scene.
Kaieteur News understands that the corpse was beginning to decompose, and this indicated that Baksh, 56, known as ‘Sugar Cake,’ had been dead for at least 48 hrs.
He is believed to have been clubbed to death with a piece of wood, which detectives found nearby.
A post mortem by Pathologist Dr. Vivekanand Brijmohan indicated that the cause of death was haemorrhage and shock, due to a fractured skull.
The slain man’s daughter, Safina Baksh, told Kaieteur News that a woman found her father’s body while going to the area to graze a horse. The woman then contacted a relative of her father, who then informed other family members.
Ms. Baksh, who was among relatives who saw the body, said that her father appeared to have been badly beaten.
Detectives are said to be going through the slain man’s phone, particularly in the wake of reports that a young man who is the prime suspect, had called Baksh a few hours before Baksh disappeared.
The suspect, identified as Phileman Boodhoo, also called Kevin Boodhoo, 19, resides at Number 63 Village, Corentyne, which is two villages away from where the body was found. Police were still trying to locate him up to late yesterday.
Investigators are working on the theory that the killer lured Baksh to his death by telling the 56-year-old money-changer that two elderly individuals needed to change some foreign currency.
Baksh was reportedly last seen alive heading to the suspect’s home. Kaieteur News understands that the victim may have had at least $1M in his possession when he left home.
Seeta Boodhoo, an aunt of the suspect, said that he had contacted her by phone on Wednesday afternoon. She said she asked him about a bank loan that he had taken in October. She said that the nephew told her “don’t stress, the loan would pay,” before terminating the call.
The aunt said that she believes that her nephew may be in Suriname.
“He must face the law; let them hold him until he could prove he is not guilty.”
Police have taken statements from the young man’s parents and a sister.
Mohamed Baksh was last seen alive at around 08:00 hrs on Monday when he received a telephone call from the suspect, Phileman Boodhoo, called ‘Kevin.’ He reportedly left home to meet with the suspect, who had informed him that there were two elderly people who wanted to change some foreign currency. A taxi driver confirmed that Baksh was seen walking into the street where ‘Kevin’ lived.
Seeta Boodhoo, the man’s aunt, said that ‘Kevin’ moved in with her in June after his father passed away. She said that he had been selling household items in her yard to financially support himself. She said that she last saw him at around noon last Monday, which was the same day that Baksh was last seen alive.
According to the aunt, relatives of the money-changer visited her home on Monday night and inquired about Kevin’s whereabouts.
“I asked them what happened and they said that it was about Baksh’s disappearance and that he left to go meet Kevin. While they telling me, Kevin called on the landline for his sister, so I asked him what is going on with this man Sugar Cake.”
She added that her nephew admitted that he had called the money-changer, but claimed that he never met with Baksh.
“He said that he does get clients for this man and that the man does give him a li’l raise and that was it.”
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