Dec 28, 2015 News
How did a 14-year-old girl end up being slain and dumped in a trench after a Boxing Day jaunt?
Who choked, battered and drowned another girl of similar age after luring her to the Turkeyen seawalls?
Was the gunning down of waitress Debra Blackman more than just a bungled robbery?
Where could six-year-old Daniel Adolphus have vanished to?
And the million-dollar question: Who is the real mastermind behind the killings of 72-year-old Clementine Fiedtkou-Parris?
These are just a few of a long list of baffling cases that remain unsolved and that the Force’s detectives will hope to solve in the New Year.
Under Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, and with the help of its Major Crimes Unit, the Guyana Police Force has recorded amazing success within the past few months in solving several challenging murder cases.
Those that come to mind include the August 31, 2013 murder of businesswoman Sirmattie Ramnaress, battered to death in her Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara home; the murder of 73-year-old Suroogpattie Ramlakan, called Auntie Carmen, slain in her Richmond Village, Essequibo residence in February, 2015; the January 12, 2015 execution-style murder of businesswoman Patricia Senasie.
The May 31, shooting death of taxi driver Dennis Narine (initially believed to have been a robbery) and the suspected ‘staged’ killing of 56-year-old cash crop vendor Pamela Kendall, allegedly at the hands of her reputed husband.
But several just as baffling cases remain. Here are a few that I would like the police to return to.
On Friday December 16, 2014, 14-year-old Tiana Raghber, reportedly disappeared around 21:45 hrs, after leaving her parents’ home without notifying anyone.
Her father, Jaiprakash Raghber, a construction worker, says that the family, including Tiana, had gone to a gymkhana that day. He said they returned home at Lot 32 Reliance Abandon, East Canje Berbice around 20:00 hrs.
According to him, they proceeded to watch television and Tiana, who is the eldest of two children, later brought his food upstairs and reportedly went to fetch him something to drink.
When she did not return, he began calling for her, but got no response. Relatives began a frantic but fruitless search for the teen.
Mr. Raghber stated that he did not report his daughter missing because it was not the first time that she had left home without informing anyone.
He said that during the search, he received information that a body was found in a trench at Adelphi. His worst fears were confirmed when he arrived at the scene and recognized it was his daughter.
When she was found she had wounds to her eye, forehead and face. A postmortem revealed that the 14-year-old was choked and dumped, while still alive, in the trench in which she was found.
Sparing no effort to solve the case, investigators detained four villagers and even detained the slain girl’s father and stepmother and impounded their vehicle.
This reportedly happened after police received conflicting reports about events leading up to the teen’s demise.
Reports that some villagers had threatened the victim’s father and his family had led police to detain four men, but they were subsequently released.
The ‘waterside’ turned out to be the scene of other baffling murders this year.
In early June, persons passing by the Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara seawalls spotted the nude body of a girl among some boulders.
She was later identified as 14-year-old Campbellville Secondary School student Alicia Ali.
Alicia’s mother, Maylene Williams, said she last saw her daughter alive when Alicia left home to go to a nearby shop.
After finding what appeared to be a suicide letter in her bedroom, Detectives initially suspected that the girl had taken her own life.
In the letter, which seemed to be addressed to the teen’s mother, Alicia reportedly complained about being deprived of her freedom and accused her mother of restricting her movements. The teen also reportedly stated that by the time her mother read the letter, she (Alicia) “would be dead.”
Police said that the handwriting in the letter and in the teen’s notebooks appeared to be similar.
But then a pathologist who examined the corpse gave the cause of death as asphyxia due to drowning, compounded by compression injury to the neck and blunt trauma to the head. The pathologist found no evidence of sexual assault.
Police also questioned the victim’s boyfriend, who was said to be in his twenties. The man reportedly stated that he had last seen Alicia Ali about three weeks prior to her death. He also denied ever having a sexual relationship with the minor.
The case has seemingly gone cold….and so, apparently, have two other ‘seawall murders.’
On April 11, 2015, the decomposing body of Devkumarie Ramadhar, 17, of Bella Dam, Klein Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, was found on the foreshore at La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara. She had been reported missing on April 04, 2015.
Two men were arrested and questioned by the police and later released on bail.
In a recording, made on the very day she disappeared, Ramadar, with visible injuries, had complained of being repeatedly beaten by her lover.
The recording was reportedly made at the victim’s place of employment, after she turned up at work with bruises on her neck. Her colleagues subsequently used a mobile phone to record her speaking about her abusive relationship with an individual, whom she did not name.
On March 22, Ramesh Katarnauth, 29, left his family’s Lot 83 Sandy Babb Street, Kitty home to buy cigarettes. He never returned, and his battered body was later found near the Kitty seawalls.
A post-mortem examination performed on the body of Ramesh Katarhnauth revealed that he died as a result of asphyxia due to drowning, compounded by compression injury to the neck and blunt trauma to the body.
Police have never released a possible motive for his still-unsolved murder.
If you believe Ewart Junior Adolphus’ bizarre story, he was watching television with his six-year-old son, Daniel Adolphus, on December 2, 2015. Eventually, Mr. Adolphus said he went inside, leaving his son still watching television.
Sometime later, he went into the living room, found the television on and the door ajar, but young Daniel was nowhere to be seen.
According to the boy’s father, he then alerted neighbours and a search was conducted. He also made a report to the Anna Regina Police Station where he and his wife were later detained.
Despite scouring several areas, police have found no trace of the six-year-old.
Mr. Adolphus insists that he has no clue of his son’s whereabouts.
Last April, Mr. Adolphus was brought before an Essequibo Magistrate’s Court where he admitted to slashing young Daniel’s throat. He also admitted that he was unwell and his nerves got the best of him. The Magistrate presiding over the case requested that Ewart undergo medical evaluation. The charges were eventually dropped.
MURDER OF A WAITRESS
On the night of Saturday, August 22, 2014, 48-year-old waitress Debra Blackman was standing at the counter of the Delicious Chinese Restaurant on Durban Street, Georgetown, when a man entered.
According to police, the visitor and another man had arrived on a motorcycle. A camera recorded the visitor, wearing a black cap, with red peak, going up to the counter and apparently making a purchase.
According to a police statement, the man ordered and paid for a meal, then pulled out a firearm and shot Blackman to her shoulder and neck. He then escaped with his accomplice on the motor cycle. Blackman died shortly after.
Police say that there was no indication that the gunmen had attempted to carry out a robbery, and some family members of the slain waitress have suggested that she was the intended target.
Though police have circulated photographs of the killer, the gunman is yet to be apprehended.
JUSTICE SERVED… ALMOST
Some will say that justice has been served in the callous killing of 72-year-old Clementine Fiedtkou-Parris. Many others would say this is not the case, not until the alleged ‘masterminds’ are caught.
On the night of June 30, 2011, two men entered Mrs. Clementine Fiedtkou-Parris’ Robb Street yard and requested an audience with her.
She came to the front door, only to be riddled with bullets. Killer and accomplice fled in a car.
Almost four years later, four men, who were on trial for the vicious attack, were given a combined sentence of 324 years for the murder. During the trial, it was alleged that they were paid to exeute the elderly woman.
Afterwards, some lamented the fact that although the four men have been convicted for murder, the intellectual author of the crime is still at large.
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